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Jonny Evans: on Manchester United, Northern Ireland, Ferguson…

The BBC have a wonderful little feature on Jonny Evans. [video link here] If you haven’t watched it I suggest you do.

Evans talks about his family’s move to Manchester from Belfast, his relationship with the manager and his team mates. There is some high praise from the likes of Giggs and Solskjaer. Giggs, says how “we’ve hardly missed” our first choice centre backs whenever he’s slotted into the side in the absence of either Ferdinand or Vidic.

But more than that, it presents us a small window in to the player, the man — he looks every bit the part of a United player. Yet, he looks to shun the flash lifestyle associated with footballers these days. There are signs that he’s obviously surrounded by a good circle of people to guide him through that.

I know a lot of footballers these days say the same old stuff in interviews, but there seems to be an air of sincerity about Evans that isn’t there in say, Rio perhaps [no disrespect to him.] He also seems in awe of the club and that he feels genuinely privileged to play for the club. Now that’s the sort of thing that would leave a lump in the throat in these cynical times.

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