Manchester United defender Jonny Evans says the players are ready for their showdown with Chelsea.

Evans says Manchester United are relishing the challenge of facing Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City during the opening weeks of the new Barclays Premier League season.

"It might not be a bad thing to get straight into the tough games," Evans told Inside United. "We've been waiting all summer to get stuck back into it, so why not bring on the hard games straight away?

"In any competition you always want a good start and the Premier League is no different. A winning start will obviously help you later on, but it's more important how you finish the season."

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