Evans denies bad form for Man United

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has hit out at critics who believe the Northern Ireland international is struggling at club level, The Daily Mail reports.

The 24 year old was sent off in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford, where United were beaten 6-1 by a rampaging Manchester City. Evans is hopeful that the critics can look past the game against City and focus on his more recent run in the side, where he has featured regularly in both domestic and European football. Northern Ireland face Norway this week and Evans believes his return to the squad is a testimony to the talent and form he is showing.

Evans said: ‘I feel I have hit the ground running this season and I feel better than I ever have. I’m stronger and fitter and I believe my game has reflected that. I am also feeling in good shape ahead of Wednesday (against Norway). As for me, people will look back to the derby game against Manchester City and think my season hasn’t gone well, but I think I’m playing well.’

The defender has 28 caps for his country and appealed to Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill to utilise his strengths in central defence. Evans plays the majority of time at full-back for his country and wants to play in his strongest position of centre-back when Norway visit on Wednesday. The 24 year old also wants fans to forget his errors for Northern Ireland and focus on their bid to reach the 2014 World Cup.

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