20/08/2013 09:25, Report by Mark Froggatt

Bring on the big guns

Jonny Evans says Manchester United are relishing the challenge of facing Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City during the opening weeks of the new Barclays Premier League season.

In what is arguably the toughest start to a campaign in recent history, the fixtures computer has pitted the champions against those three major rivals in the first five matches. It also sent David Moyes’ men to Swansea City on Saturday, a seemingly tough test which resulted in a fine 4-1 win.

But rather than being daunted by the schedule, Evans insists his team-mates can’t wait to face the big guns who, like United, have all made winning starts to the 2013/14 season. Manchester City's 4-0 drubbing of Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night followed Saturday's opening victories for Liverpool and Chelsea at home to Stoke City and Hull City respectively.

“It might not be a bad thing to get straight into the tough games,” Jonny said. “We’ve been waiting all summer to get stuck back into it, so why not bring on the hard games straight away?

“In any competition you always want a good start and the Premier League is no different. A winning start will obviously help you later on, but it’s more important how you finish the season.”

Jonny Evans was speaking to the latest issue of Inside United, which is in stores now.

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