Jonny Evans has made a surprise comeback this week to Manchester United, signing a short-term deal.
The second half of Manchester United’s friendly win over Lyon saw a familiar face make his return.
Jonny Evans played 45 minutes, having just been announced as a surprise participant in the squad a day earlier, after training at Carrington to keep fit.
Evans, 35, has penned a short-term deal through pre-season. It may not end there.
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Rob Dawson tells ESPN that Manchester United are open to a longer term deal for the centre-back.
He said United have made this clear, commenting: “United privately are saying they are not ruling anything out with him.
“Possibly he could sign a longer deal for the coming season, spend a year at Old Trafford as a back-up for Varane and Martinez.
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“If that were to happen it would cast a massive doubt on the future of Harry Maguire. If they were to bring Jonny Evans in, there really wouldn’t be a place for Harry Maguire.”
We wrote yesterday how Evans might actually be a smart replacement for Maguire, as fourth choice centre-backs are hard to find. Evans knows the club, and would settle instantly.
The alternative would be to replace Maguire with a young up and coming defender, who would cost a lot.
But it would be preferable for Manchester United to spend the funds from a Maguire sale on a striker or two, and midfielder if necessary.
Evans not in main tour squad
Jonny Evans was not named in the 31-man tour squad. He is expected to travel to San Diego for the game with Wrexham in a week’s time, with other under-21 players.
It will still be a chance for Evans to impress. If it materialises into something more, so be it. He performed well against Lyon on Wednesday and looked like he had never been away. Erik ten Hag may decide he can use him.