Manchester United centre-back Jonny Evans has said the team are relishing the challenge of facing their nearest title rivals in the opening weeks of the Premier League.
United's fixture list comprises of taking on Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in the first five weeks of the new campaign.
All three teams have started the campaign with victories with the latter thumping Newcastle 4-0 to top the league table after the first week of fixtures.
But Evans, 25, has insisted that he cannot wait to face the big-guns in their rather daunting looking schedule, saying to Inside United: "It might not be a bad thing to get straight into the tough games," he said.
"We've been waiting all summer to get stuck back into it, so why not bring on the hard games straight away," he added.
“In any competition you always want a good start and the Premier League is no different. A winning start will obviously help you later on, but it’s more important how you finish the season,” insisted Evans.
And the Old Trafford club arguably produce they best football after the turn of the year. But despite the defender's eagerness, manager David Moyes had criticised the clubs toughest start to the Premier League in recent history.
The Scot, who took over from Alex Ferguson on 1 July, had said: "I think it's the hardest start for 20 years that Manchester United have had.
"I hope it's not because Manchester United won the league quite comfortably last year that the fixtures have been made much more difficult.
"I find it hard to believe that's the way the balls came out of the bag, that’s for sure."
The Northern Ireland born star didn't feature against Swansea on Saturday but will hoping to be a regular in the United team under Moyes.
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