Evans not yet ready for Man Utd return

Jonny Evans believes he needs more time to regain his fitness before returning to the Manchester United starting XI, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Evans hasn’t featured for the United first team since September’s 5-3 defeat against newly-promoted Leicester City, when he had to be withdrawn after half-an-hour of the contest. He played little more than an hour of United’s Lancashire Senior Cup win over Blackburn Rovers but doesn’t expect manager Louis van Gaal to throw him straight back into the side.

“It’s nice to get 60-odd minutes under my belt,” Evans said. “But I think the manager will have to assess that [a first-team recall] and also the fitness coaches. I’ve been training for a week or two now, but it’s taking me time to get my fitness up as I’ve been out for so long.

“[Returning has] been a long time coming. I didn’t expect to be out this long, so I’m pleased to get some minutes,” he added.

Van Gaal is also without Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo while youngster Tyler Blackett could have to be moved to left-back as Luke Shaw is carrying an ankle injury, it’s believed.

Evans has made 183 United appearances in his career, scoring six goals, and has also had two loan spells at Sunderland. His first, in 2007, brought 19 appearances and one goal and his second a year later saw Evans feature 15 times without scoring.

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