Jonny Evans reveals Sir Alex Ferguson made wedding gaffe in front of his girlfriend
Published 23:00 29/09/09 By By David McDonnell
Jonny Evans was left red-faced after Sir Alex Ferguson urged him to marry his girlfriend - unaware she was sat right in front of the Manchester United boss.
Evans' girlfriend Kate Wathall is on a week's work placement with ITV and was sat among the media during Fergie's Champions League press conference at Old Trafford.
Fergie talked of how marriage to wife Coleen had seen Wayne Rooney mature but Evans, 22, tried to deflect the question of getting hitched when it was put to him.
"I really don't want to talk about it," said the United defender. "Especially as my girlfriend is in the middle of you all.
"She's on a placement with ITV this week. She's right there in the middle."
The revelation saw Fergie implore Evans' girlfriend to march him down the aisle. "Get him tied down dear," said a smiling Fergie.
"Rings are cheap now. In fact I was arranging Jonny’s bands for his marriage this weekend, unbeknown to him.
"Seriously though, marriage helps footballers, I've always thought that. I'm an advocate of that.
"It helps players settle down, I really think that. You know where are they are and it's good for the stability of a footballer."
Evans also spoke about his form this season, saying: "I've improved. You have your ups and downs during a season but I think I have more confidence.
"I've settled down pretty quickly and now I want to be involved in the big competitions and compete for the big trophies."
Fergie said: "I don't know if I am doing the right thing sometimes leaving Jonny out because his performance level has been so good.
"What justifies me leaving him out is only the performances of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
"But the time when Jonny will be playing regularly for us is not far off. I don't worry about him."