Manchester United’s poor form down to injury struggles, says Jonny Evans

The Red Devils are struggling to make progress from last season.

Manchester United’s poor form down to injury struggles, says Jonny Evans
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Jonny Evans feels injuries are hampering Manchester United’s progress (Picture: Getty Images)

Jonny Evans feels Manchester United’s unimpressive form is down to the string of injuries the squad has suffered and Erik ten Hag to chop and change the starting XI as a result.

It was another disappointing day for the Red Devils on Sunday as they were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Manchester City at Old Trafford.

The Premier League champions were certainly impressive, but Ten Hag’s side were anything but, especially in the second half when they were comfortably brushed aside.

Evans was starting at centre-back alongside Harry Maguire, with Victor Lindelof at left-back, which is illustrative of the injury problems United have in defence. While Casemiro was missing from midfield in another blow to the manager.

The Northern Irish veteran feels that these fitness issues are proving too disruptive for United to hit anything like their best form.

‘I think we’ve been disrupted with a lot of injuries this season in terms of key personnel,’ Evans told MUTV. ‘Probably a lot of our starting players would be, you know, they’re missing.

‘I think the manager’s found out difficulties having to sort of work on team, on tactics and having to change the personnel quite a lot with only two days in between games.

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Jonny Evans and Harry Maguire would not be Ten Hag’s preferred centre-back pairing (Picture: Getty Images)

‘So that’s been difficult. Hopefully we can get more players back and get a real sort of opportunity to create freshness within the playing squad.’

The Red Devils are back in action on Wednesday as they host Newcastle in the League Cup and Evans is hoping they can shrug off Sunday’s stinging defeat quickly.

‘It’s never easy, everyone’s disappointed,’ he said. ‘You wish you could turn back the clock, but you know we’ve got to move on now.

‘We put a lot into the second half to get back and you know 2-0, maybe the chance with Rashy (Marcus Rashford) we sort of get back in it.

‘But you know it’s probably disappointing that we didn’t create too much in the second half.’

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