You never know who may be the hero on nights such as the one Manchester United are set to experience against Bayern Munich this Wednesday.
So it will have come as a welcome boost for David Moyes that defender Jonny Evans stepped up his recovery from a calf injury for the club’s under-21s on Monday evening.
The Northern Ireland international had been out of action since leaving the field after just 10 minutes against Stoke City on February 1. But Evans played 65 minutes for Warren Joyce’s side, helping them to a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa’s under-21s.
While Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand are expected to form the centre-back pairing against Bayern in the quarter-final second-leg, Evans’ likely place on the bench gives Moyes another option should a worst-case scenario occur.
Speaking to MUTV after his comeback, the defender said, “It was fine. I’m a bit tender but nothing too serious.”
Prior to his injury, Evans had become a regular under Moyes, starting nine of the 10 league games between early December and the beginning of February.
So whoever is called upon against the reigning European champions, Evans is likely to be needed in the weeks ahead as United look to finish their campaign on a high.