Evans: ‘Fantastic’ Van Gaal justified in selling me

Date published: Friday 4th March 2016 12:44

Former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans says he feels fortunate to have worked with Louis van Gaal before he was sold to West Brom.

Evans came through the ranks at Old Trafford and made 179 appearances, winning three Premier League titles for the Red Devils before joining the Baggies for £6million last summer.

Despite being sold on by Van Gaal, Evans holds no grudge towards the Dutchman. Quite the opposite.

“Louis van Gaal is a fantastic coach and there is a lot of stuff I really liked under him,” Evans told The Independent.

“I feel fortunate I have had the chance to work with him because I do think that myself, and every other player there, will have learned something from him.”

Evans acknowledges he was not achieving the high standards expected of a Manchester United player and those he expects of himself.

“Even though I wasn’t playing, I appreciated the stuff he was doing and I think he gave me a fair crack of the whip.

“Whenever I had the chance to play, I didn’t perform to my best and I didn’t believe that my performances warranted me getting back in the team. I can be honest about that. I can look at myself and analyse my performances.

“I don’t think it was a case of not believing in my ability, that I couldn’t reach those performances I needed to, but if I am honest about that time, maybe I didn’t.

“But I don’t have any regrets about leaving when I did. I am fortunate that I have gone now instead of maybe two to three years down the line. It was the right time for me to go and I am enjoying myself.”

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