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.