Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on centre-back Jonny Evans, saying he was outstanding against Burnley. The Red Devils edged Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday.
Speaking to TNT Sports, Ferdinand said Burnley put Manchester United under a lot of pressure in what was a old school game. Manchester United beat Burnley 109 to register their third Premier League win of the season.
“We’re in a results-driven game. Coming away somewhere like this. Old school, tight, you know you’re going to be under pressure. The fans are going to get behind their team and I thought they were really good tonight, Burnley. They put United under a lot of pressure,” said Ferdinand.
He went on to say that Evans was outstanding against Burnley, insisting that it was a captain’s moment from Bruno Fernandes to win it for United. Fernandes scored the only goal of the game at Turf Moor.
“I think Jonny Evans was outstanding, marshalled that backline very well. Showed his leadership skills, his experience, played his part in the goal and a captain’s moment from Bruno Fernandes,” Ferdinand added.
Erik ten Hag’s side finally put an end to their three-match losing streak across all competitions. Just as the halftime whistle beckoned, Fernandes expertly connected with a pinpoint pass from centre-back Jonny Evans, dispatching a first-time finish past Burnley’s goalkeeper James Trafford.
While Evans had previously seen a goal disallowed for United, Burnley had their fair share of chances and were unfortunate to be trailing at the interval. As the second half unfolded, United settled into a more comfortable rhythm, skillfully thwarting Burnley’s attempts to create clear-cut opportunities.
This well-deserved victory marked United’s third triumph of the season, propelling them to eighth place in the standings with a total of nine points from six games.
Sep 24, 2023