WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

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24/10/2008 08:15

Papers: Good Evans

Jonny Evans will be new Rio Ferdinand


Manchester United defender Jonny Evans is ready to prove Sir Alex Ferguson was right to hail him as the natural successor to Rio Ferdinand.
Central defender Evans, 20, is set for his fourth United start of the season at Everton tomorrow, with Ferdinand a major doubt with a groin injury.
And Evans, who has vindicated Fergie's faith with impressive displays against Chelsea, Villarreal and Celtic, is determined to play a major part for United this term.
The Ulsterman said: "It would be nice to get 30 games this season. Even if I get up to 20 games it would be good.
"I benefit from extra confidence and experience just by being on the bus with the squad, so I'm really enjoying it."
Fergie's decision to pick Evans against Villarreal and at Chelsea last month, and against Celtic on Tuesday ahead of the more experienced Wes Brown, represented a huge show of faith from the United boss.
That is something not lost on Northern Ireland star Evans.
He added: "The manager could have tried someone else but he picked me for those games, which was fantastic."
Fergie said: "He is a future centre-half for Manchester United, there's no question about that. Rio's 30 now, Nemanja Vidic is 27 and Jonny's only 20, so his career here is absolutely guaranteed."
David McDonnell, The Mirror

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