Evans - Canaries carry threat
Jonny Evans expects a tough encounter at Norwich on Sunday and has earmarked Grant Holt as a key player.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 25/02/12 2:09pm
Manchester United defender Jonny Evans expects a tough encounter at Carrow Road on Sunday and has earmarked Grant Holt as Norwich's key player.
United registered a 2-0 win over the Canaries at Old Trafford last October, although the victory was far from comfortable as the visitors paid for some wasteful finishing.
However, Paul Lambert's side have lost just three of their 12 home games upon their return to the Premiere League, helping them climb to a respectable eighth place in the table.
"Norwich have done well since they got promoted," said Evans. "It seems like a pretty tough place to go and Paul Lambert has got them working really hard.
"It is a game their fans and players will have been looking forward to all season. We did the job on them at Old Trafford. I am sure it will be different down there."
Both sides enter the game on the back of a defeat, with Norwich exiting the FA Cup to Leicester last weekend while United endured a 2-1 reverse against Ajax in the Europa League on Thursday.
With nine league goals, Norwich's star striker Holt has proved he can cut it at the top, having worked his way up through the Football League divisions, and Evans recognises the job at hand.
"Holt is a big strong boy," said Evans. "I think he has played in every division. He will be pretty fired up for a real battle.
"It will certainly be a lot different to playing against Ajax. In the Premier League you are used to challenges, when it is a bit more rough. But that is what you have to be prepared for."
United trail local rivals Manchester City by two points heading into the weekend's fixtures as the challenge for the title looks to be a two-horse race.
Defending champions United know what it takes, though, and Evans suggests City could buckle under the pressure of attempting to land the club's first top-flight title since 1968.
"The longer it goes, the more nervous they will get," said Evans. "They have been in front for quite a while now. But the gap is nothing.
"You never feel totally in control and I am sure they would like the season to end now."