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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Evans relieved by Berba coup

Jonny Evans is delighted that United managed to prise Dimitar Berbatov away from Tottenham, as he has sampled the Bulgarian's skills first-hand.

The 20-year-old defender came up against Berbatov when on loan at Sunderland last season. Although the striker didn't score in his side's 2-0 victory, Evans recalls being run ragged throughout.

"I could not wait for half-time to come as Berbatov was outstanding," he told Sky Sports News. "He is someone who can make a difference to a game. Berbatov has a great touch for a big man and is a very good player."

Evans, who will remain at United as defensive cover this season, is delighted to be alongside Berbatov rather than against him - although he admits his day-to-day job will undoubtedly become more difficult.

"I am just glad he is now at United," he admitted. "On the other hand I know I will have to be at my best in training!"

Gibbo delighted by goal award

Darron Gibson's stunning strike against Peterborough has been voted Goal of the Month by users – and the Reds midfielder hopes fans will see more of the same from him this season.

Gibson was thrilled to learn he had picked up 38% of the votes in our poll for his 30-yard effort in United's 2-0 pre-season friendly victory last month.

Darren Fletcher's equaliser against Newcastle came second with 19%, closely followed by Fraizer Campbell's winner in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's testimonial against Espanyol (18%).

"It’s not a bad award to win!" Gibson told "It’s nice for my goal to be recognised and picked above the others, especially when it was in pre-season because fewer fans would have seen it."

Gibson had been on the field at London Road less than a minute when he brought down Lee Martin's pass and crashed home a superb half-volley with his left foot. Reds boss Sir Alex Ferguson said after the game that the 20-year-old had "fantastic feet" and should shoot more often, and Gibson is keen to heed that advice.

"I’ve been working on my shot for the past few years in training because I am quite powerful when I strike the ball," he added. "I know I should get forward and shoot more, so I’m working on it and hopefully we’ll see a bit more of it this season."