Evans: United were fortunate against Stoke

Jonny Evans admitted that Manchester United were lucky to escape with a draw from Britannia Stadium after Stoke City squandered various chances to win the game.

Ryan Shawcross scored the first goal of the Premier League in the New Year to hand Stoke the lead before Falcao scored his third goal to level matters for United.

Stoke could have secured the three points as former United Player Mame Diouf should have scored Stoke’s second of the day after pouncing on an error in judgement from Evans and Peter Crouch also hit the post in the second half.

Evans said: “I said to Mame Diouf is it like this every week (with the wind) and he said it is like this very week.”

“It was scrappy, but that was the challenge for us, to get the ball down and play.”

“It kept holding up in the wind and you had to break your stride sometimes to let it drop.”

“You have to dig in, we gave away too many free-kicks in the second half. It is a bit of a blow having to defend corners and free-kicks but we did it well.”

“Is a point a fair result? Given the way we played, I thought Stoke put us under a lot of pressure and we probably did not play to our usual standard.”