United duo continue comebacks
Jonny Evans and Darren Fletcher played 90 minutes in Man Utd's 2-1 Under-21 win over Spurs as they continue their roads back to full fitness.
Last Updated: 30/08/12 10:54am
Jonny Evans and Darren Fletcher both played 90 minutes in Manchester United's 2-1 Under-21 Premier League win over Tottenham as they continue their roads back to full fitness.
New signing Alexander Buttner also featured at Moss Rose on Wednesday evening, making his first appearance for the club since his summer transfer from Vitesse Arnhem.
Evans returned to action in central defence after spending the summer recovering following an ankle operation.
The Northern Ireland international has not played for the Red Devils since the last game of last term but was an unused substitute in Saturday's 3-2 Premier League win over Fulham and has set his sights on Sunday's trip to Southampton for a first-team recall.
Evans told MUTV: "People always say it's important to get a good pre-season under your belt. If you miss it, it can affect your season, so I've just been trying as hard as I can, doing all the fitness work I can. It's my first game but I've been doing a lot of work behind the scenes.
"I think that's why it was important for me to get these games. I might have only played 60 minutes, but with it being 90 it gets me the full game behind me and hopefully I'll be in contention for Sunday.
"I felt pretty good. I've had a few setbacks over pre-season where it's not gone as planned. Hopefully now everything's behind me and I can kick on with the season now."
Evans liked what he saw of Buttner, who was signed to provide cover for Patrice Evra at left-back.
"He's been training all week with us and I've been very impressed," the 24-year-old said. "He seems very confident on the ball, good in the tackle.
"He probably didn't get as much of the ball as he would have liked. But he defended really well, which is important, and I'm sure he can be happy with himself."
Fletcher also came through unscathed in his third game since being diagnosed with a chronic inflammatory bowel condition last November.
Federico Macheda scored both goals for the hosts, the second a penalty, with Ryan Mason's spot-kick scant consolation for Spurs.