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Fergie hails Evans

Alex Ferguson has hailed Jonny Evans' contribution to the Manchester United cause this season.

With Phil Jones and Chris Smalling available for Monday's Premier League encounter with Fulham at Old Trafford, Evans is facing renewed pressure for his first-team spot.

However, Ferguson seems certain to stick with Evans, whose ability helped make up United's mind to sell Gerard Pique to Barcelona in 2008.

"He's playing regularly and I think that helps," said Ferguson.

"He is still a young player of course and when they get runs of games it helps with their consistency.

"His partnership with Rio has been very good.

"Jonny's always had terrific ability and it's good to see he's in consistent form."