Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has revealed that he has gotten so used to the injury crisis that has gripped Old Trafford this year that he’s ‘always expecting injuries’.
According to Goal the Northern Ireland centre-back weighed in on the topic of unavailable players for United with great disdain, and insisted that he had to prepare himself mentally to get used to the fact knocks are now commonplace.
Teammate Chris Smalling was the latest to be hauled off mid-way through a game after having suffered an injury, with Evans replacing him during the first-half of United’s 2-1 victory over Southampton last night. It’s thought that Smalling’s blow could be down to a muscle tear, which would see him out of contention for Louis van Gaal’s squads for the near future.
Evans himself was playing last night for the first-team since mid-September, and in truth Van Gaal has been desperately limited with regards to the back-lines he’s been able to field each week.
The likes of Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Rafael da Silva and Marcos Rojo have also succumbed to injuries at varying stages of the season, and now Evans has confirmed that the prospect of more trouble is playing on his mind.
"The way the injury situation has been you're always expecting someone to get injured. So I had to prepare myself mentally for that."
"The way the injury situation has been you're always expecting someone to get injured. So I had to prepare myself mentally for that"
Manchester United vs Liverpool
Next up for the Red Devils is Liverpool this weekend, with Brendan Rodgers’s side entering the game struggling for form. United have won their last five matches in the Premier League and so they head into the fixture as favourites, but even so the atmosphere of the old rivalry is sure to have an effect on the result.
If Evans and Co. can win the day then they’ll have the chance to move within two points of Manchester City in second place, whilst also inflicting yet another huge blow to Liverpool’s hopes of once again qualifying for European competition through their league finish. The Reds haven’t looked able to cope with the loss of Luis Suarez thus far, and huge question marks remain over the strength of their defence.