Evans: United away wins are difficult

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans believes the difficulty of winning away from home in Europe is not properly recognised.

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United's 1-1 draw with Benfica in Lisbon last night means they have now lost just once in 24 Champions League away games.

It is a pretty impressive statistic. Yet the result has been greeted with a muted reaction.

A combination of United's superb form at the start of the season, coupled with that remarkable run of results away from Old Trafford appears to have brought an expectancy of victory that Evans does not feel is easy to fulfil.

"People underestimate the difficulty in going away in Europe," Evans told www.manutd.com.

"It's early in the season. It is hot here and a lot of players hadn't played as the manager obviously changed the team.

"As it was probably our toughest away game of the group, you can say it was a good result."

Evans was relieved just to be involved after picking up a hip injury at Bolton on Saturday.

Before he left the Reebok Stadium, Sir Alex Ferguson admitted the Northern Ireland star was a doubt and Evans himself looked downbeat as he limped out of the stadium.

However, the 23-year-old was able to make a quick recovery and will now wait anxiously to discover whether he will retain his place for Sunday's crunch showdown with Chelsea, having maintained an ever-present record since being introduced into the opening game at West Brom as a substitute.

"I am pleased with how it's going," said Evans, who has already admitted he cannot have another season like last year's and expect to remain at Old Trafford.

"Hopefully I will get games under my belt because that is when I feel I am at my best.

"I should have done a bit better for their goal but, overall, I'm pleased."

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