Confirmed: Man Utd re-sign experienced former player in ‘unexpected’ summer move

Harry Watkinson
UPLOADING 1 / 1 – New Man Utd signing Jonny Evans in action for Northern Ireland.jpg ATTACHMENT DETAILS New Man Utd signing Jonny Evans in action for Northern Ireland
UPLOADING 1 / 1 – New Man Utd signing Jonny Evans in action for Northern Ireland.jpg ATTACHMENT DETAILS New Man Utd signing Jonny Evans in action for Northern Ireland

Manchester United have reportedly re-signed free agent Jonny Evans on a short-term contract in one of the ‘unexpected’ moves of the summer transfer window.

The 35-year-old’s five-year stint at Leicester City came to an end last month. Evans made 152 appearances for the Foxes, scoring seven goals.

He remains a respected figure at the King Power Stadium but left Leicester upon the expiry of his contract following their relegation to the Championship.

Evans has been training with Man Utd’s under-21s recently in an attempt to regain match-fitness. It seems the experienced defender impressed Erik ten Hag in the process, too.

Following injuries to Tyrell Malacia and Rhys Bennett, Evans has penned a short-term contract that enables him to feature in upcoming friendly matches.

This was confirmed by Fabrizio Romano on Twitter on Tuesday. He described the move as ‘unexpected.’

Evans began his accomplished career at Man Utd. The Northern Ireland international broke into the first team under Sir Alex Ferguson. He then went on to make 198 appearances for the Red Devils.

In the process, he helped Man Utd to lift 11 major trophies, including three Premier League titles and one Champions League victory.

Evans played under Ferguson’s successors David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, before joining West Brom in 2015.

Following three seasons at the Hawthorns he moved to Leicester, where he won the FA Cup in 2021.

 

Evans missed much of last season with a calf injury and as a result, was limited to just 13 Premier League appearances.

He did return to fitness in time to captain Dean Smith’s side for the final three matches. If he had been fit for the entire season, the Foxes’ season may well have had a different outcome.

Evans’ new deal comes at a time when the future of Harry Maguire is very much in the balance.

The England international was recently relinquished of the Man Utd captaincy by Ten Hag. The manager is happy to sell Maguire this summer, and several Premier League clubs have shown an interest.

For instance, West Ham recently submitted a loan-to-buy offer for Maguire, which the Red Devils rejected.

They want to sell the centre-back, however, his £190,000-per-week is a major hurdle for the Hammers and other suitors.

Recent reports suggest Maguire wants his £10m-a-year Man Utd contract to be paid up before he quits this summer. Whether or not they do so, however, remains to be seen.

Evans is only available to play in Man Utd’s pre-season fixtures for now. But if he impresses Ten Hag further and Maguire does leave, it’s possible his short-term deal could be extended.

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