Talking Point: Should Jonny Evans be first choice for Man Utd?

Ollie Irish

2nd, November 2009



Compared with last season, the form of both Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand has dipped – to the point where Fergie must be thinking seriously about the first-team credentials of young Jonny Evans.

When Evans has deputised this season, he has looked pure class – composed on the ball, solid in the air, alert to danger; the perfect replacement for Ferdinand, in other words.

Evans is set to be United’s No.1 centre-back for many seasons, but even though he’s only 21, I think he’s been United’s best centre-back this season.

The knives are out for Rio, who is still easily good enough to play at the highest level, but seems to be spreading himself thin of late – Fergie is not a fan of his many extracurricular activities – and perhaps taking his eye off what really matters.

Vidic too has looked far from his rock-like best. A 90% fit Fernando Torres ripped him a new one at Anfield – again – and there is the suspicion now that the Serb is something of a flat-track bully who uses brawn, not brains, to get the better of opposing forwards.

With the arguable exception of Arsene Wenger, no one is a bigger supporter of young, hungry talent than Fergie, and so I wouldn’t be surprised if Rio or Vidic struggles to shift Evans from United’s starting XI.

What say you – Is Evans ready to be one of United’s first-choice centre-backs?

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  1. Gerry says:

    Every player has a dip in form, even the best players in the world. Ronaldo, Messi, et al don’t play well every game. Rio and Vidic are definitely the best 2 centre backs in the Premiership arguably the world. They have a couple of dodgy moments or bad games and everyone writes them off. Torres scored because Rio was out of position, he didn’t trouble Vidic much in that game, so I don’t know what he had ripped a new one of. A player hits 30 and make a couple of mistakes the end is nigh. Get a grip. Vidic won both United’s players of the season, last season, ahead of the official Premier leagues player of the season in Ryan Giggs. As the old saying goes, form is temporary class is permanent. They will come good again no doubt. Although I do rate Evans and he will no doubt be a regular in the team in the long run.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I totally agree that Vidic and Rion dont deserve to be cast aside just yet

    Though Torres has Ripped Vidic on a number of Occasions now not just the once

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