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Evans: RVP was only guaranteed starter

Jonny Evans believes Robin van Persie was the only Manchester United player who could be certain of his place last season and admits he does not know if there will be any guaranteed picks for David Moyes.

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Top scorer Van Persie scored 30 times last season and defender Evans believes he was the only automatic choice for Sir Alex Ferguson – and the first since Cristiano Ronaldo left Old Trafford in 2009.

Evans was among those who were picked and dropped in Ferguson’s squad rotation system and the Northern Ireland international said the players accepted it.

Jonny Evans says Robin van Persie has an aura about him
Robin van Persie was Manchester United's outstanding player of 2012-13

He told PA Sport: "Unless it was Robin van Persie or Cristiano Ronaldo when he was here, there was never a first choice in any position.

"If you didn’t perform he would have you out of the team, but then if one of the other players had a game or two when they weren’t at their best the manager would have no problem putting you back in.

"The key thing was whenever he picked a team you always thought he was doing it for a reason, not because of any personal vendetta or that he didn’t rate you.”

Moyes tended to operate with more of a settled starting XI when he was in charge of Everton and Evans, who is not sure if he will continue that policy at Old Trafford, said that is motivating the United squad to get into his team.

He added: “Now we don’t know how the new manager will work. That is why everyone is so desperate to impress."


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