Despite a run of only one defeat in 19 games, United have received criticism for their lack of style and panache under Louis Van Gaal but Evans claims it is partly down to the fact that teams are simply setting out to stop them playing.
Northern Ireland international defender Evans says United are taking satisfaction from their ability to ‘grind out’ results and insists that was often the case in Sir Alex Ferguson's 27-year reign, despite the popular perception that they always played free-flowing football. He aso believes the entertainment value will improve as the squad adapts and evolves under Van Gaal’s management.
“As players we know that we could perform better,” he said. “The manager wants us to play more attractive football but teams have pressed from the front and made a lot of the games scrappy.
“Whether it's the FA Cup ties or Premier League games, teams are putting us under a lot of pressure. Some of the games have been scrappy but that has been dictated by our opponents as well.
“Everyone likes to grind them [results] out and I think that has been my experience over the years - there have been times when we have not played well or played nice football and we have ground out results.
“Our record of one defeat in 19 games is a good one. We have drawn quite a few of those games and we would have liked to have turned some of them into wins but we are not losing games, we are defending well and long may that continue.
“As players we are always analysing performances and everyone wants to play nice attractive football. Once we get the ball down and show our composure I think the football will be attractive.
“You can see there is progress from the results. At the start of season we were not playing well and we were not getting results but the manager has got us organised and everyone knows their jobs. Once we get that cemented then we can go and start entertaining again.”
United have received flak in some quarters for having to resort to using Marouane Fellaini as a battering ram centre forward in order to make the breakthrough in certain games but Evans says the former eVerton midfielder's aerial power and physicality is a useful weapon to unsettle defences.
And he was not surprised the former Everton midfielder scored the crucial second goal in the 3-1 FA Cup fifth round win at Preston last night.
“Having played against him, especially at Everton, he always gave you a hard afternoon,” he added. “The goal he scored last night was typical - Antonio Valencia has taken the full back on and as soon as he lifted the ball in the air, I didn't have to see Fellaini at the back post. I knew he would be there and knew it would be goal before it went in. That is strength he possesses.”
Evans says it is vital United maintain their improved run of results to ensure they finish in the top four because the chase for Champions League qualifying positions is intensifying with Southampton, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool all breathing down their necks.
He said: “If you look at the teams round us, they are all good sides and ones that at the start of the season you would be predicted to be there. It is going to be a tough run-in but I think we have got a bit of form and if we can carry that on it will keep us in the top four.”