Sunderland's McShane happy to welcome ex-Man Utd pal Evans

Sunderland defender Paul McShane has welcomed former Manchester United teammate Jonny Evans back to Wearside.

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The 22-year-old Republic of Ireland international first played alongside his Northern Ireland counterpart, 20, during their days together at Manchester United and knows what a talent he is.

McShane and loan signing Evans renewed their acquaintance in the Black Cats' ill-fated 3-0 home defeat by Wigan which ended their FA Cup hopes at the first hurdle a fortnight ago.

McShane replaced Evans last Sunday as Sunderland gave their Barclays Premier League survival chances a boost with a 2-0 victory over Portsmouth.

McShane will hope for a return to the starting line-up at Tottenham on Saturday, but knows competition for places has increased significantly since Evans' return to Wearside.

He said: "I have played with Jonny at Manchester United before and he is a good player.

"It is great to have him around because he is a good lad as well.

"I played with him when, I think, he was 16 and I was 18. He is a good player and it is great to have him around the place."

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