Van's the man for me: Evans hails the return of United goalkeeper Edwin

22 January 2010 10:59
High hopes: Evans (left) believes United well improve with Van der Sar back in the side

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans is pleased to see Edwin van der Sar back between the posts.

The veteran Dutch goalkeeper was sidelined first through injury and then after his wife suffered a serious illness.

He has returned from leave and could face Hull in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday at Old Trafford.

Van der Sar played in the Carling Cup semi-final first-leg defeat by Manchester City in midweek after making his comeback in the victory against Burnley last weekend.

Evans said: 'Edwin makes a great difference. He is a great communicator and has real composure. You can pass the ball back to him and you know he can play it out with either foot. It makes life a lot easier.

'At 39 he has the experience that the other goalkeepers don't have. Keepers don't get into their prime until their 30s.

'He is probably playing the best football of his life. He is a really good  professional and a very nice man.'

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has seen his defence decimated by injury this season. However Rio Ferdinand (back) and Nemanja Vidic (calf) are edging closer to full fitness.

Striker Dimitar Berbatov could also come into contention after suffering a dead leg.

Dead leg: Berbatov (centre) scored on his last appearance against Burnley

Ferguson, however, may be tempted to give the likes of Darron Gibson, Gabriel Obertan and Mime Biram Diouf a run-out against Hull. The latter grabbed a hat-trick in a midweek reserve team win against Sunderland.

The United boss is certain to call on his big guns at Old Trafford on Wednesday when he will be looking to overturn City's 2-1 lead.

Evans added: 'I think we can discover our best form. We have always been ones for finishing the season strongly. We have the ability and experience to do it again.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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