Jonny Evans is planning to score more goals as he scored the opening goal against Newcastle. The 24-year old centre back intercepted Robin van Persie’s left-wing corner at St. James Park. It was his first goal of the season and the second goal of his career. After being extremely influential on the attack, the defender is now trying to make his defence stronger in the absence of Nemanja Vidic.
“As a defender, you want clean sheets but scoring a goal put a bit of gloss on my own performance so it was nice to chip in,” Jonny told MUTV. “As soon as I made a connection with it I thought it was going in, so I was delighted with that and hopefully I can add a few more.
“You could see by the way that we started that we wanted to come out and put on a good performance. I think the main thing was that we defended and attacked as a team. We were a real unit out there and we made it hard for a good Newcastle side. They had big powerful lads with good goal scoring records, especially up at the Sports Direct Arena. We knew we were in for a hard game but we were up for the challenge and thankfully we were able to keep a clean sheet.
“We were seven points behind Chelsea (before the game) so it was a big gap and if we had dropped points it would have been a big task. Although it is still early on in the season, you don’t want to give a team that kind of advantage so early on.”
Cleverley had scored the third goal for the Red Devils securing the win over Magpies on Sunday. The strike became a question of debate as it was difficult to figure out whether he intended to play that way or not.
Even though Cleverley said his shot was intentional, Jonny did not agree to it and said, “There is no way he meant that. To try and shoot from there, especially to bend it, he definitely didn’t mean it. I think he was looking for Robin van Persie at the back post but it went in.
“But that was a really important time for us to score a goal because they kept pumping the ball in the box and were getting one or two chances. It was important for us to get the 3-0 lead.”
Now, what matters more is that whether Jonny Evans will play as a good defender in the future or not as the competition at the defensive side increases.