Manchester United defender Johnny Evans has admitted for the first time that he is finding it difficult to find form under the management of Louis van Gaal.
The Northern Irishman missed the start of the season due to niggling injury problems. Upon his return, he found himself playing in a different formation with three defenders at the back. Evans committed a number of mistakes that led to his absence from the team for a brief period.
He is no longer a first choice at the club despite being the most experienced after the departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand in the summer.
After being out of the starting line-up for almost 3 weeks, Evans returned back to the first-team in the match against Cambridge United. After a hardfought victory, the defender stated that him and several United players are finding the current regime to be extremely tough. Van Gaal is a demanding manager and he criticised new summer signing Luke Shaw for not being in the best possible shape to play in a 3-5-2 formation. Results have started coming of late, but United’s football style has been criticised in several quarters. Evans says that it is a result of playing in a new style.
“The lads have taken a lot on board. At times it has been tough and it takes time. We’ve been used to playing a certain way for a number of years then the change happens and he wants us to play a certain way. So it does take time for those things to become second nature. But I think you are starting to see that now.The fact that the formation has changed a lot has taught the lads an awful lot. Coming into games, if we do have any changes in formation, I think is a big plus for us to have,” said Evans.
Manchester United’s injury problems worsened after the recent 2-1 win over Southampton.
Defender Chris Smalling, who has already missed matches due to injury problems this season, had to go off following a minor concern. Jones, who has also been missing the last few matches, had to come on after just 18 minutes. The 26-year-old has stated that the stop and start season for the players seems to continue. Hence, they are mentally prepared to come on at any stage during the match. Even though United secured a victory, it was not very convincing as they were lucky to see Southampton being wasteful with their chances.
Manager Louis Van Gaal admitted after the match that United were lucky to get the victory, which turned out to be the fifth consecutive for the Red Devils. This has propelled them to within five points of its rivals Manchester City. Since the Premier League is yet to reach the halfway stage, there are plenty of matches still left. This has increased talk of a title bid from United, which seemed highly unlikely only a few months ago. Van Gaal, though, will be more concerned about the quality of football. The injury to Smalling was the 43rd different issue that United players have suffered this season.
"The way the injury situation has been, you are always expecting someone to get injured.So I had to prepare myself mentally for that," said Johnny Evans. "Jones is coming back but not fit to play. He needs training sessions and maybe also matches in the second team. But he is coming back. He is fit to train. That is also very good. We are seeing already light in the tunnel,” said Van Gaal about the current injury status. United face crunch match against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The former German playmaker, Uli Stielike, has been named as the new man in charge of the South Korea National Football Team.
That position had been vacant for the last couple of months.
Hong Myung-Bo, the previous coach of South Korea, had moved on at the completion of the country’s horrible journey at the World stage in Brazil.
The Korea bosses actually did not want 45-year old to leave the post. They even refused to accept his resignation initially and tried to convince him to continue, but, Myung-Bo was rigid at his stand and at last, the association of Korea had to let him go.
As far as Stielike is concerned, he is from West Germany and his CV as a player and as a manager is quite impressive.
He was a part of the Real Madrid first team from 1977 to 1985, making over 200 Liga appearances for them in that period.
He has the experience of managing international teams. He has been in charge of the Swiss national side as well as Cote d’Ivoire.
Stielike will be working on a long term project with Korea. He’s been appointed till next World Cup.
Stielike will be at his work in 10 days’ time, but, he will be there in the stands in Goyang watching the South Korean boys playing against Uruguay in a friendly at the start of next week.
Stielike’s first match with Korea will be against Paraguay on the 10th of next month. That’s also a friendly match.
South Korea has to participate in the AFC Asian Cup next year. That tournament will take place in Australia and it will be Stielike’s first proper assignment.
The other teams in Korea’s group there in the Asian Cup are Oman, Australia and Kuwait.
The Northern Irish defender of Manchester United Jonny Evans sustained a surgery in the previous season of the Premier League which left him out of action from a number of matches for his club as well as having to settle with a place on the sidelines of the team during some games, which led to him only being able on making 17 league appearances in the last campaign.
Even though Evans did not play a substantially important role for Manchester United he still opted to extend his contract with the Premier League which extends until 2016.
Louis van Gaal has given the chance of players to step it up and turn into a pivotal figure for the English club, during the pre-season schedule of Manchester United they have already faced off against LA Galaxy and came out on top with a dominating 7-0 victory with Jonny Evans playing for 46 minutes before being substituted and replaced by Michael Keane.
Jonny Evans is well aware of all the challenges that await him and his teammates as Manchester United has a schedule which includes matches against: Real Madrid, As.Roma and Inter Milan all of which are going to be played before the start of the season which initiates in August.
Jonny Evans said: “Given who we are playing, we’ll obviously go there knowing more about our opponents than when we’ve played some of the American sides in recent years. Playing against teams that you know better is always a challenge and we’ll need to make sure we are on top of our game. If it’s warm as well it usually makes a big difference, especially during pre-season games when you’re trying to get your fitness. It will definitely help us."
During Manchester United’s pre-season match against LA Galaxy, Louis van Gaal substituted almost all the players in the 2nd half as he is trying to see which combination of players and tactics is optimal for the next campaign and Jonny Evans is happy to know that he is being taken into consideration in the plans of the new coach.
Manchester United defender Johnny Evans has returned to first-team action, but he has revealed that he does not expect to be picked for the starting line-up against Bayern Munich. The defender has been out injured for several weeks now. He has just recovered in time to be fit for the second leg against the German club. Manchester United managed a fighting 1-1 draw against Bayern at Old Trafford. Even though they have to score at the Allianz Arena, it gives them a chance to at least fight for progress into the Champions League semifinals.
Evans just returned to action for the United under 21 team, but he says that the game against Bayern Munich may come too soon for him. This would mean that David Moyes is likely to take Rio Ferdinand, Chris Smalling, or Phil Jones as the centre back partnership for Nemanja Vidic. United were extremely compact in defence during the first leg. Moyes used the experienced partnership of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand for this match. However, the 35-year-old Ferdinand is not likely to be taken against the German club at home.
This would mean that Chris Smalling has to step up to this position, which would be a major change for after having been playing nonleague football only a few years ago.
"It was nice to go out there and play as we've got a big game coming up on Wednesday in Munich. I don't know if I'll be involved or not. Maybe it's touch and go on that but I just hope the lads can do well and get a good result. In terms of my injury, it may have come too soon for me but, in terms of excitement-wise, the game cannot come quickly enough - especially for the fans and players. Everyone is looking forward to it,” said Evans.
Jonny Evans has said that his team Manchester United tries to get over aggressive during home matches and that might be the reason behind their poor home run this season. The Red Devils have suffered a lot of defeats at home off late and that’s quite surprising for everybody.
Generally, when you play at home, you are supposed to perform better because the support of the crowd gets you going, but, for United, the scenario has been exactly opposite in the ongoing season. Whenever they have played at home, they have looked a very weak unit. They have looked comparatively better when they have played away.
Evans reckons that the Manchester United players try to score a lot of goals and entertain the supporters who gather at Old Trafford in big numbers in every match. In their attempt to do so, they don’t focus that much on defence and the opposition takes advantage of that.
Evans is not completely wrong in saying that. The no. of goals that United has conceded at Old Trafford this season clearly suggests that they haven’t defended well at all in home games.
Talking to the reporters after United’s last game against Tottenham Hotspur, Evans said, “You never want to lose at home, but, it has happened with us quite often this season. I don’t know what the reason is. Maybe we are attacking more than what is actually required. We are looking to strike too often and aren’t that much worried about defending solidly. That might be the case.”
“We had come into this year with pretty good form, but, unfortunately, we couldn’t start the year as well as we were hoping for.”
The match between United and Tottenham was played on 1st of January and United had lost it by 1-2.
Manchester United came out of Carrow Road as they had to travel over there in order to face off against Norwich City and despite having neither Robin van Persie nor Wayne Rooney available to play, the side of David Moyes still managed to come out on top with a narrow 1-0 victory.
Danny Welbeck was the game-changer as he scored the only goal of the entire encounter which made the difference and edged Manchester United all 3 crucial points as they are trying to repair the initial stages of the season that saw them dropping a large amount of points.
This triumph arrives at a great moments as some weeks ago Jonny Evans was saying that Manchester United was suffering from a lack of confidence after they had lost against Newcastle United and Everton in the earlier stages of the season.
‘’Obviously the lads have lost a bit of confidence in their play,’ he said. ‘You can tell that with the possession and creativity. Players maybe is not playing how they naturally would. That happens when your confidence drops’’.
‘’Usually whenever we’re chasing a goal at Old Trafford, especially at the Stretford End, we put teams under an enormous amount of pressure’’.
‘’But with the lack of confidence and creativity we didn’t produce that’’
Even though it was not the dream start of a season that Manchester United wanted it to be, as they had to endure a series of disappointing results, Jonny Evans said that they will not give up and will continue trying to protect the Premier League title.
‘’It’s difficult to win the league in any season’’ he said. ‘The fact we’ve lost five games already makes it harder. But we won’t give up. We are professionals. We want to keep going until the end.’’
Their latest Premier League victory against Hull City is not only important due to the fact that they managed to secure all 3 points but it’s a huge boost of confidence and morale considering all of the players that Moyes has injured and unavailable to play, Welbeck stepped up to the plate and made a difference as well as the other remaining players that helped the team claim the triumph.
Legendary Manchester United defender Jimmy Nicholl has called for young defender Jonny Evans to reclaim his spot in the first eleven for the club under new manager David Moyes.
The Northern Ireland international was in brilliant form last season but injury as well as a managerial change which saw Sir Alex Ferguson step down after 27 years at the club for Moyes to take over has seen him start just a handful of matches for the club this season.
Nicholl, however, has backed the young defender, who has been a revelation this season for his national team to come out on top against the likes of veteran defenders such as Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic and nail down a regular spot in the first team. Nicholl is himself a former international for the Northern Ireland he has advised his countryman to keep working his socks off in training sessions as well keep his hopes and confidence at an optimum level so that he can perform whenever he is called into action.
Speaking to the club’s official website about Jonny Evans, Nicholl stated that at a club like Manchester United, one always has to fight to get into the first team. He mentioned that having become established last season, Jonny will have to do that all over again but he is sure that the 24 year old is up for the challenge that lies ahead of him.
Nicholl further mentioned that he was brilliant last season and has been playing well for his country as well and his absence is sorely felt when he is out with injury. Jonny Evans will be hopeful of getting his place back at United and Nicholl believes the player has all the abilities and attributes it is needed to succeed at a club like Manchester United.
Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has stated that the players will call on their vast experience to navigate a difficult opening round of fixtures at the beginning of the new season of the Premier League.
David Moyes has been handed a very difficult start as he begins life as the new Manchester United manager with an opening fixture in Wales against Swansea City before they travel back home to face Jose Mourinho and Chelsea and after that, the club gets ready to take on eternal rivals Liverpool away.
The club will be relieved to face Premier League new boys Crystal Palace before taking on Manuel Pellegrini and his Manchester City side in a derby. But the Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans is adamant that United have always managed to overcome the tricky round of fixtures with ease in the recent past and he is confident the Red Devils will once again manage that as they have done in the past under Sir Alex Ferguson.
According to Evans, whenever the club has had a tricky round of fixtures, they have managed to hold on to their composure and come out of it unscathed and with all the points which had kept them in strong positions and he remains confident the players will draw on that experience and help the new manager get through his initiation easily.
He mentioned that at a club like Manchester United, it is mandatory to win every game that comes their way, no matter who the opponent might be and that is something that will never change. Moreover, Jonny Evans also mentioned that there is always the chance that things will not go according to plan but even if they do go wrong, it will still be the beginning of the season and there will be a lot of time to pull though.
Tommy Wright has resigned from his post of the goalkeeping coach of the Northern Ireland national football team after being appointed as the manager of St Johnstone.
Wright had been working both as Northern Ireland’s goalkeeping coach and St Johnstone’s assistant manager since the last couple of years. But, a few days back, he was promoted to the post of manager at St Johnstone.
After that, Wright felt that he couldn’t continue working both for the club and the national team.
Announcing his resignation in a press conference, Wright said, “I have reached the decision that I should leave the post of Northern Ireland’s goalkeeping coach. I am now the manager of St Johnstone FC and I need to be totally committed to the club.”
“I have not taken this decision in a hurry. I gave it a deep thought. I also talked to Michael O’ Neill and the chairman of IFA.”
“I want to thank the owners of St Johnstone for allowing me to work both for the club and the country in the last one and half years.”
“I also want to thank Michael O’ Neill for giving me the chance to work under him. I give my best wishes to the Northern Ireland squad for their remaining World Cup qualifying matches.”
Northern Ireland’s performance in the world Cup qualifying matches has been pretty poor so far. They have played 5 games and haven’t won even one. They have lost 3 games, while, the remaining 2 have ended in the form of draws.
Northern Ireland has to play 5 more games. So, they still have the chance to improve their position in Group F points table. Currently, they are at no. 5 in the points table with 3 points.
Northern Ireland’s next world cup qualifying match is against Russia. That match will be played on 14th of August at Windsor Park, Belfast.