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Brothers are Evans sent

08 Sep 2010 10:18:59

Brothers are Evans sent

The Evans brothers are keeping up the family tradition at Old Trafford. When Belfast boys Jonny and Corry played for United's first team on the North American tour against Philadelphia Union they became the eighth set of brothers to turn out for the club. From Roger and Jack Doughty in the 1800s with Newton Heath through to the Brazilian twins Rafael and Fabio da Silva. Fred and Harry Erentz, James and John Hodge, Martin and George Buchan, Jimmy and Brian Greenhoff and Gary and Phil Neville make up the group. Now the Evans boys hope to forge a new dynasty. Jonny at 22 has already made his mark on Sir Alex Ferguson's defence. Now 20-year-old Corry is on the fringe. Success Both are becoming integral in Nigel Worthington's Northern Ireland side. Corry came on as a sub against Slovenia last Friday to earn his sixth full cap and score the winner in a 1-0 success in Maribor that got the Irish off to a Euro 2012 Group C qualifying flyer. Ex-Red midfielder and Northern Ireland manager Sammy McIlroy believes the Evans connection could be at Old Trafford to stay. One thing that will stand Corry in good stead is his versatility, Sammy told M.E.N. Sport. I have watched him a number of times in United's reserves and he looks a great prospect. He is a 100 percenter. His workrate is fantastic. His is unbelievable in the way he covers the ground and he can pass too. He proved for Northern Ireland on Friday that he also has a goal in his locker and for any midfielder that is a big bonus. If you can get up and down the pitch like he does and cause some damage it can give you an edge over someone else. His international career is at a very early stage but confidence wise scoring the winner for your country is going to be a massive boost for him. Corry will be flying now. It is very difficult to break into United's first team but he has a great opportunity now to cement himself in the Northern Ireland squad and team. That can only help his progress at Old Trafford. It is great experience. Advice He has a great tutor at United in Sir Alex Ferguson. There is nobody better at keeping young player's feet on the ground. He has also got the extra bonus of being able to listen and take advice from his brother. Jonny has 19 international caps to his name and nearly 70 senior United appearances on his CV but is likely to face a huge fight to stay at centre back at Old Trafford now Rio Ferdinand is set for a return to partner Nemanja Vidic. I am sure Jonny knew the position but he has to be patient and just take his chances when they come, added McIlroy. He will get many, many more opportunities because he is a marvellous player and has a great future at Old Trafford. Like Corry, he will also be able to supplement his United chances with a place with Northern Ireland. When I was boss of the national team I had a lot of the older guys retiring at the same time and I had to put in a lot of young players who were not really ready. But they are coming to the fore now and it is so much easier for Irish youngsters to come into this side now because they are buzzing. I am sure both Jonny and Corry will put their stamp on the side during the qualifiers.


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