Evans has more than earnt his new deal

Evans has become an integral part of the United back four this season.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revelaed that defender Jonny Evans is close to signing a new long-term contract at the club.

In a season where Rio Ferdinand has spent more time thinking up new ways to ‘merk’ his team mates than play football, and Nemanja Vidic has continuously flirted with clubs abroad, Evans has been an impressive performer in United’s back four. And although confirmation of his new contract is yet to be announced, it is thought it will be confirmed in the coming days.

Neither Ferdinand nor Vidic have been ever-presents this term, meaning the 22-year-old has had to fill in when one, or both of United’s first-choice pairing have been absent, and despite not having a consistent centre-back partner, has excelled when called upon.

Although still prone to the occasional silly error, Evans has come along leaps and bounds this season, and has displayed the no-nonsense approach of Vidic, while also showing he can play a bit too, a la Ferdinand.

His displays have certainly earned him his new contract, and as Ferguson said: “Jonny has proved himself.” ‘Nuff said.

The news will be welcomed by United supporters, who may have had some doubts about next season, considering Ferdinand’s inabililty to recover from a chronic back injury, and doubts over Vidic’s future.

However, with Evans becoming an increasingly valuable member of the squad, and with John O’Shea and Wes Brown recovering from respective injuries, as well as the signing of Chris Smalling from Fulham, things look positive for the United defence. And while they have had their critics this season, it may be worth remembering still that United have the best defence in the Premier League, down in no small part to a Mr Evans.

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