Manchester United defender Evans: Move to the right has improved me

The centre-back feels that his impressive performances this season, playing consistently for the Red Devils, are down to his switch from away from the left side of the pitch
Manchester United defender Jonny Evans believes that his game has improved since switching to the right-hand side of defence.

The 24-year-old feels that he is a better player now that he can utilise his right foot more, having previously usually been deployed on the left of a central-defence partnership as Rio Ferdinand usually occupies the right side.

However, with Ferdinand's regular partner and club captain, Nemanja Vidic, having missed most of the season with a ruptured cruciate ligament, the England international has been moved to the left of centre, with Evans join him on the right.

"Whenever I played [before], it was always on the left side of defence," Evans told United's official website.

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"Growing up I was probably always a bit more capable of using my left foot than whoever was alongside me in the centre, so I ended up on the left side.

"It's harder bringing the ball out of defence on your left side, though.

"When you're passing the ball five yards you're fine using your weaker foot but if you're driving into space and dribbling forward, you ideally want the ball on your good side.

"This season I've been able to move to the right-hand side and that's helped me, I've definitely felt more comfortable bringing the ball out and starting attacks."

Evans revealed that he had grown up playing further up the pitch, and has had to adapt his game to make it at the back instead.

"When I was playing in Northern Ireland it was as a midfielder," he added.

"But ever since I came to United I've played at the back. It was a big learning curve for me and it took me a while to get used to it.

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"My first season at centre-back in the youth team wasn't a great experience, pretty similar to last season in a way, I just had to find a way to get over that and carry on."

Evans is considered a doubt for United’s huge trip to rivals Manchester City on Monday as he has been unable to train all week.

Sir Alex Ferguson has indicated, though, that he will give the Northern Ireland international the opportunity to recover in time for the derby game.

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