Manchester United defender Jonny Evans is ready for the challenge of regaining a place in the first team after completing a full 90 minutes for the U21’s in their 1-1 draw with Leicester City, reports the club's official site.
The Northern Ireland international was banned for six games following his sending off in United’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle at St James’ park in early March but returned to action in Monday night's share-of-the-spoils.
Evans was accused of spitting towards Toon strikers Papiss Cisse, but he has completed his suspension and returned to action in the hotly contested U21's draw with Leicester City.
And the 27-year-old told MUTV that although he was pleased to make his return, the pace of the game took him a little by surprise.
It felt good," Evans told MUTV at the King Power Stadium.
"But it does take you a while to get the pace of the game. Sometimes the pace in the reserves is not as high as it is in the first team but it was quick. Leicester are a good side who played well and made it a good game.
United were put to the sword by a well-drilled Leicester team, with United’s squad featuring big names like Robin van Persie, Adnan Januzaj, Rafael Da Silva and James Wilson.
Evans was also full of praise for an U21 side that looks sets to win the title with a couple of games left.
"Our reserve team lads have been playing all season to win the league and then we came along and took their starting places with a couple of games left - that's the way it goes!
Top of the league
"But we couldn't let them down. It was important we didn't lose as the lads are top of the league," Evans said.
But it was Sean Goss who gave United the lead following a Van Persie assist. But Leicester were quickly back in the game thanks to a Harry Panayiotou strike, his eighth in as many games.
Manchester United face Everton this weekend as Louis van Gaal's men look to end the season strongly and solidify their push for a Champions League place.
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