Evans sets appearance target
Defender hoping to play 30 games
Last Updated: October 22, 2008 4:27pm
Jonny Evans has admitted it would be 'tremendous' to play 30 games for Manchester United this season.
The Northern Ireland international has spent time on loan at Sunderland over the past two seasons but Sir Alex Ferguson decided to keep him at Old Trafford over the summer.
Evans has been selected when the likes of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand have been missing, and he started the 3-0 victory over Celtic on Tuesday.
He accepts that he will not always play but is determined to make the most of any chance that comes along.
"It would be nice to get 30 games, in fact it sounds tremendous," said the 20-year-old.
"Even if I get up to 20 games it would be good.
"I benefit from extra confidence and experience just by being on the bus so I am really enjoying it at present."
Evans concedes that it can be difficult waiting on the sidelines but he believes he can learn from players like John O'Shea.
"It does get frustrating," he commented.
"There are so many top class players here who don't get a game every week.
"John O'Shea is one. He is a great player who could probably play in any position but he has to bide his time.
"I watch how well he takes it. He is a model professional and trains as hard as anyone."
Evans has thanked Ferguson for showing faith in him, having also been picked for the clash with Chelsea last month when Vidic was suspended.
He said: "The manager could have tried someone else I suppose but he put me in, and against Villarreal before that, which was fantastic.
"I had played against them for Sunderland, so I had that experience and to play in central defence at Stamford Bridge was a real confidence booster."