Following Chris Smalling‘s groin tear he suffered against Southampton and Paddy McNair‘s shaky display which forced Van Gaal to take him off, United are left without many defensive options as Phil Jones is still ruled out through injury.
Evans’ rusty performance against Southampton wasn’t what fans wanted to see but it was to be somewhat expected from a player who hadn’t make a single senior appearance for United since injuring his foot in the 5-3 defeat to Leicester City.
For Evans, coming back into the derby would be an acid test and he certainly couldn’t afford to put in the same level of performance as he did on Monday at St. Mary’s.
When he is fit and has had a run of games under his belt, Evans is an accomplished defender who Van Gaal will appreciate for his ability to play out with the ball. Alongside Marcos Rojo, United would certainly have a duo who’d be comfortable bringing the ball out of defence.
The big question is whether Evans will be able to complete the 90 minutes without suffering another injury just did Smalling did against Southampton because at this stage, it has become aggravatingly repetitive that a United defender gets injured.