Evans - Tackle wasn't good

United defender insists he did not intend to hurt Holden

Evans: Apologised for tackle

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Jonny Evans insists he did not intend to hurt Stuart Holden after acknowledging his tackle on the Bolton Wanderers midfielder was not 'good'.

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The Manchester United defender was sent off during last week's 1-0 win over Bolton for the challenge which has left Holden facing six months on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Holden has absolved Evans of any blame and the USA international revealed earlier in the week that he had received a 'sincere' phone call from the centre-half.

Evans admits he was quick to realise he was guilty of a poor challenge and the Northern Ireland international hopes Holden appreciated his call.

Unfortunate

"I just said (to Holden) I was sorry, and that I didn't mean to go in and hurt him," said Evans.

"At the time I did think I'd gone in for a fair challenge and I'd won the ball.

"But looking back on it when I went straight off the pitch and into the changing rooms and saw the tackle again, I realised it wasn't a good tackle from myself - and my concerns were immediately with Stuart.

"Bolton's doctor was keeping me informed, and gave me a call on Monday.

"It was disappointing to hear the news, (so) I just rang him straight away to apologise.

"I think anyone appreciates a phone call if someone's caused them an injury.

"Not many footballers like to be on the treatment table, it's just unfortunate that someone else has caused an injury to you."

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