Sir Alex Ferguson: Jonny Evans is best defender in England

Ferguson: Evans is best defender in England
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Sir Alex Ferguson hails Jonny Evans as the best defender in the country and believes that the influence of Rio Ferdinand has been helpful for the Northern Irishman.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Jonny Evans is the best defender in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old had been heavily criticised by United supporters following a number of high-proflie mistakes last season.

However, he has become one of the club's most consistent performers this campaign, playing 38 games, and Ferguson thinks playing alongside Rio Ferdinand has been a huge help.

"I don't know what the fans thought but there were never any doubts in my mind about Evans," Ferguson told The Observer.

"He had a period of a few injuries but he has toughened up now, he's done a lot of work in the gymnasium and he's 24 years of age. He's been a top player for us this year.

"There is no doubt he has been helped playing alongside the experience of Rio and he is now arguably the best defender in the country."

Ferguson has also confirmed that Evans is among Stuart Pearce's 80-man shortlist for the Team GB Olympic football squad.

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