Manchester United's unsung hero deserves more credit

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Manchester United always seem to have an unsung hero among their ranks. In recent years the label has been attached to Ji-Sung Park and Darren Fletcher, before that it was the likes of Nicky Butt and Phil Neville. 

Some players never get the credit they truly deserve until they hang up their boots or move on to another club.

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans definitely falls into that category, as he continues to be used sporadically despite being the Premier League champions' most consistent centre-back. 

Evans, who played 30 games for Manchester United last season, remains behind Red Devils duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic in David Moyes' pecking order. 

That is despite both Ferdinand and Vidic struggling with a number of injury niggles this season - making the pair unable to play week-in, week-out for Moyes' side.

Northern Ireland international defender Evans had to bide his time at the start of the campaign, as Moyes decided to stick with the tried and tested pairing of Vidic and Ferdinand.

However Moyes seems to have finally found sense by elevating Evans above Ferdinand in Manchester United's pecking order.

Evans' recent inclusion has provided Moyes' side with some much-needed stability at the heart of their defence, which they haven't had for the best part of two seasons. 

The 25-year-old, who has started Manchester United's last four games, may not be the fastest centre-back in the Premier League or the most feared defender but he does have the intelligence to deal with the the league's best strikers. 

One of Evans' best games in a red shirt came last season against Real Madrid. 

The former Sunderland loanee kept the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil and Karim Benzema quiet in Manchester United's crucial last 16 Champions League tie at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However despite his brilliant first leg performance, Evans was replaced by Vidic for the second leg. 

Ferguson opted for the experience of Vidic rather than the in-form Evans, which proved to be a costly mistake. 

Manchester United brought in England stars Chris Smalling and Phil Jones for large fees in hope that they could become the Red Devils' next centre-back pairing for years to come, however it is Evans who deserves a starting role when either Vidic or Ferdinand decide to hang up their boots. 

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