Evans welcomes return to form

The Manchester United defender at least provided himself with a platform to build on with an effective display in Wednesday night's 1-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox.

United have still to concede a goal in the competition this term and will hope to complete a defensive clean sheet when they tackle Valencia at Old Trafford on December 7, knowing achieving that aim in itself will seal their status as Group C winners.

For Evans, it was the first step towards recapturing the form that had him installed as an automatic choice to replace Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic, whenever Sir Alex Ferguson was without one of his star central defensive duo.

"I don't know why I wasn't performing well earlier in the season," admitted the Northern Ireland international. "Last year I had a stop-start time and got one or two injuries when I was in the side.

"I wasn't at my best for about six months. I was making decisions and thinking 'I would never have done that in the past'. I have tried not to worry about it too much. I just got on with it and hoped everything would come back."

Source: PA

Source: PA