Manchester United have agreed a one-year contract with Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans following impressing Erik ten Hag during pre-season.
The defender rejoined the club over the summer after a few injury issues at centre-back so the former United academy graduate was brought in to provide depth.
The defender left United in 2015, he joined West Brom and then Leicester City and now the defender is back at the club where it all started.
Evans delighted to be back
In an official press release by the club, Evans was delighted to be back at the club where his career started, despite it being unknown just how much game time the defender will get.
“I’m delighted to join Manchester United, a place which has always felt like home. This club & the fans have shaped me as a player & as a person since I was 15, & I am delighted to be back where it all began as part of this talented squad.”
Will Evans get first-team minutes
The defender, perhaps similar to teammate Tom Heaton, may well be in and around the squad to provide advice for younger players and words of wisdom for a squad of players who have never won a Premier League title.
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Whether he will actually receive meaningful minutes at Old Trafford remains to be seen. United currently have Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof as four defenders, who are top quality.
It seems Evans will be the fifth choice to provide emergency cover if there are a swathe of injury issues, but it does seem a very strange and bizarre signing.
Ten Hag has clearly given the green light for the deal but you have to wonder if the Dutchman would have, had Maguire been sold and a replacement brought in.