Evans now a goal threat
Jonny Evans has put his new-found goalscoring touch down to inviting deliveries from set-pieces.
The Reds have been a much bigger threat from corners in particular this term and scored again from a flag-kick when the central defender stabbed in the equaliser during the 3-2 triumph against SC Braga.
Evans, who is in outstanding form, bulleted home a header at Newcastle, was only denied by Asmir Begovic’s save from point-blank range last weekend and netted his first-ever senior Old Trafford goal on Tuesday night. As his opening Champions League strike was only his third for the club in 134 games, it’s fair to say he’s adding another string to his bow.
“I probably should have had another one at the weekend,” he confessed to MUTV. “I think the delivery has been better from set-plays and it has given us a chance to get on the end of things.
“I was devastated when I miskicked it but I turned around and managed to get a bit of a toe on it. I didn’t know how it went in and thought it might have been an own goal or something but I’ve come in, seen it back and I got a touch on it.”
The Reds fell behind for an eighth time in 12 games this season and Sir Alex’s side’s powers of recovery continue to be tested.
“We lost the two goals early doors so we were glad to get the result in the end,” admitted Evans. “It’s happened quite a lot and is becoming a bit of a habit. Hopefully, it’s something we can eradicate as we don’t want to give ourselves that kind of deficit at the start of games. We need to get a better start in the future.
“I think some of the link-up play was fantastic with Robin [van Persie], ‘Wazza’ [Wayne Rooney], Chicharito, [Shinji] Kagawa and [Tom] Cleverley. The forward play was excellent and I thought we were unlucky to go in 2-1 at half time actually.
“Obviously, we want to wrap up the group as soon as possible and give the manager a chance to maybe rest one or two players in the last couple of games as there’s a hectic fixture schedule coming up for us – especially coming into December – so it’ll be nice to get that sewn up.”