running against Arsenal. Imperious at the back, Jonny first served as foil for Vidic’s combative approach, before shifting to powerhouse-in-chief himself after a concussed Vida left the field of play at half-time. After the match, the Reds’ no.6 praised United’s water-tight rearguard, saying: "We defended collectively and I thought that our team shape was very good today. We limited them to very few chances." Buoyed by his excellent display, Evans enjoyed a successful November, starting every game following the Arsenal clash. He even got himself on the scoresheet in the 5-0 thumping of Bayer Leverkusen.
A virtual ever-present in defence during this month, Jonny helped steady the proverbial ship after two early-month defeats at the hands of Everton and Newcastle. When quizzed about United’s inconsistent home form, the Ulsterman offered this explanation: "Away from home, you tend to be more defensive in your set-up, so maybe at home we are leaving ourselves a bit too open. We want to entertain our fans and score goals but maybe that is to our detriment a little bit."
Evans played in all but one of United’s seven January fixtures, missing the 2-0 win over Swansea with a back injury. He made a big