Sunday, 13th April, 2014

Former Manchester United midfielder David McCreery has backed Jonny Evans to come to the fore at Old Trafford in Nemanja Vidic's absence.

Vidic is leaving Manchester United in the summer when his contract expires, making the leap to Italy to join Serie A giants Inter.

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His departure will leave a big hole in the Red Devils' backline, but it is one that McCreery believes Evans is more than capable of filling.

"Jonny will definitely be in that defence for a long time, and especially for Northern Ireland as well, it's just that he has had a few injuries", the former midfielder told the club's site.


"Unfortunately, if you look at it, these have come at an important time as well. Saying that, Jonny has had experience and is not a young lad anymore.

"He's gained that experience by playing at a young age at United and experienced winning things too. I think United could do with him coming back as quickly as possible.

"With Nemanja Vidic leaving, the club needs a good balanced partnership to start next season. Jonny can be part of that and he's got leadership qualities."

Evans has made 16 appearances for Manchester United in the Premier League so far this season, in what has been a disappointing domestic campaign for the Red Devils.

His contract at Old Trafford runs until 2016.

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