28/12/2012 09:20, Report by Ben Hibbs

Evans expects tough test

Jonny Evans is expecting another tough festive test for United when West Bromwich Albion visit Old Trafford for the Reds’ final match of 2012.

Steve Clarke’s high-flying Baggies side currently sit sixth in the table, and organisation has been key to their excellent showing in the first half of the season.

“We can’t take anything for granted,” Evans told “I remember a couple of years ago West Brom drew with us 2-2 at home [in October 2010] and it was a tough game. We played them towards the end of last season and found that they were a really hard team to break down.

“What they do is they get the two defensive units really tight. It forces you to go wide and try to get crosses into the box. They are very hard to break down.”

Evans has been in fine scoring form this season with four goals for the Reds this term. But regardless of the scorer on Saturday, the Northern Irish defender feels it will be important to score first against Steve Clarke’s men.

“Once we got that first goal last season, it set us on the way [to a 2-0 win]. Had we not got that goal we might have found it difficult so that could be important again this time.”

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