Jonny Evan’s pass was crucial in securing United’s first away victory of the season
In a “must-win” game against Burnley, Erik ten Hag was happy that Jonny Evans rose to the occasion and helped Manchester United win.
Bruno Fernandes‘ incredible volley in the 45th minute gave United their first victory in four games, snapping a three-game losing streak.
After the game, Erik ten Hag commented (Manchester Evening News) :
” This was a must-win and we knew that. The team responded on the pitch. You could see the togetherness in the dressing room, it was a squad performance. Great goal, it was massive how we played that, attacked over the right, bring the ball back and then a brilliant pass, brilliant movement and a brilliant finish.”
Jonny Evans played the whole 89 minutes as United achieved just their second clean sheet of the year after re-signing the Ulsterman on the last day of the transfer window.
Evans was sold by United to West Bromwich Albion in 2015, and Leicester City, who had just been demoted, released him in the summer. While Evans was weighing his options, he first trained with the United Under-23s.
However, Ten Hag gave technical director Darren Fletcher the order to integrate Evans into the first team. After 2013, he made his debut for the team, and it was undoubtedly a match that warmed every United supporter’s heart. The centre-back put forth a good effort.
Evans’ performance pleased United manager Erik ten Hag as his improvised defence preserved a clean sheet for the first time since their 1-0 triumph over Wolves on the opening weekend.
Ten Hag commented on Evans’ performance (Sky Sports) :
” He showed personality. He was calm, composed, and did everything right. It was a very good performance. He gave the team calmness, coaching and then his skills were brilliant with the goal.”
Evans led United in touches, passes, and fouls won on Saturday night and had the most clearances on the field. It was a throwback performance that brought back memories of why Sir Alex Ferguson regarded him as one of his most reliable defenders during his final campaign as United’s manager.
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Evans had a goal ruled out for offside in the first half and provided the crucial assist for Bruno’s goal. These aren’t things he is here to do, but tangible contributions to the team up front, be it from a centre-back, will always bring more confidence and plaudits towards the player’s way.