Has Jonny Evans just played his way into the Manchester United XI?

After an impressive display against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup, can the Northern Irishman become a regular again?

When Manchester United were dealt a thrashing by Manchester City last weekend, there was rightly so a wave of anxiety around Old Trafford about the season ahead - that 4-1 opening day win against Swansea City looks so far away now.

But last night they had a chance to give some of the players who have not been able to force themselves into the starting line-up a chance to shine - in a game in which United won 1-0 against fierce rivals Liverpool.

Nani certainly looked more effective than Ashley Young, but he was also as infuriating as ever. Ryan Giggs’ form improved tenfold, Shinji Kagawa showed glimpses of his creativity and vision, two things United have been missing - but for me it was Jonny Evans who really stood out.

Last term the Northern Irishman came on leaps and bounds in a central defensive partnership with Rio Ferdinand that was arguably the best in England - as Nemanja Vidic suffered with injuries.

But at the start of this season, with both Rio and Vidic fit, the centre-back has not got a look in.

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Well yesterday he took the bull by the horns. He was dominant in the air, composed on the ground and decisive in the tackle. He also has something I continue to maintain both Rio and Vidic have lost a yard of over the summer - pace.

Against Manchester City both centre backs looked scared, for want of a better word; well you get the point...

Meanwhile their opposing number Vincent Kompany was coming up the pitch to win possession, not giving Wayne Rooney a moments breathing space and proving himself comfortable to take the ball at feet - neither Vidic or Rio looked ready to do just that.

For me, I think Evans has played well enough to get a shot in the Premier League - the only question is who you take out of the team?

Personally, I have not been overly impressed with the once indomitable Vidic for quite a while - and believe injuries have taken their toll on the Serb.

Evans deserves at least a chance to prove himself worthy of a start after shackling Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez (ably assisted by Chris Smalling of course).

Even if it means dropping one of the elder statesman, indeed one who might happen to be the club captain.

Does Evans deserve a Premier League start?

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