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23/12/2011 22:30, Report by J Tuck & G Thompson
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Evans' Christmas spirit

While many people are relishing some time off over Christmas, it’s business as usual for United – and Jonny Evans doesn’t mind one bit.

The Reds face Wigan on 26 December and Blackburn five days later in a festive schedule that’s lighter than usual – and kinder because both games are at home.

Evans is looking forward to the Latics’ visit on Boxing Day and even revealed he enjoys training on Christmas Day.

"It's a period we enjoy," the defender told ManUtd.com. "You'd think we get annoyed because we don't get to spend Christmas with our family, but it's quite a nice feeling coming into training on Christmas morning. It's only a short and sharp session.

"We have a game on Boxing Day and it's always a big day for the fans. It's a different sort of atmosphere – everybody's up for it. I remember going to Boxing Day games at Old Trafford as a fan and there was always something a bit special about it.

"It's nice that we have two home games. I can remember in the past spending Christmas night travelling up to Sunderland, for instance. It's good to be at home and we don't have to leave the house until a bit later.

"We want to finish off the year in a good way. Any game we play at home we expect to win – I don't think the fact that it's a Christmas game makes any difference."

Struggling Wigan are third bottom in the league but have showed some fighting spirit in recent weeks, winning at Sunderland before drawing against Liverpool and Chelsea.

And Evans is not taking anything for granted as he believes Roberto Martinez’s men will come and have a go at Old

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