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The center back has not featured since picking up a calf injury in early February but returned to action at Old Trafford on Monday evening for the Red Devils' youth side.

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans stepped up his recovery from injury by playing more than an hour for the club's Under-21 side at Old Trafford on Monday.

Evans has missed 12 first-team matches with a calf injury picked up during United's 2-1 Premier League loss at Stoke City on February 1.

He played 65 minutes for Warren Joyce's youth side, which beat Aston Villa 3-0 in front of manager David Moyes and first-team coach Phil Neville.

Highly rated 18-year-old striker James Wilson opened the scoring two days after being named among the substitutes for the senior side's 4-0 win at Newcastle.

Wilson did not get off the bench at St James' Park but ensured he will stay in Moyes' thoughts by firing home a left-footed strike from distance.

Joe Rothwell and Saidy Janko completed the scoring before Evans was replaced by Donald Love after the hour mark.

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