Man Utd on the verge of signing veteran defender after impressing Ten Hag in pre-season

Ben Stewart
Manchester United's Jonny Evans and Harry Maguire
Manchester United's Jonny Evans and Harry Maguire

Manchester United are reportedly close to signing Jonny Evans on a one-year contract following a successful trial with the club in pre-season.

It’s no secret that Erik ten Hag is keen to add to his defensive option between now and the end of the transfer window.

Man Utd have been heavily linked with Nice centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo although Harry Maguire’s situation could complicate this deal.

Regardless of what happens with Maguire, Ten Hag will be keen to add some more players between now and the end of the transfer window.

According to The Telegraph, Man Utd are ‘close’ to agreeing a one-year contract with Evans which could push Maguire further down the pecking order.

Evans was handed a short contract earlier this summer so that he could feature in pre-season games for Ten Hag’s side.

After being impressed by the 35-year-old, it now seems more than likely that he will sign a contract for the season.

The defender has already featured in 198 matches for Man Utd, with his last appearance for the club coming back in 2015.

Rio Ferdinand thinks that Evans will be ahead of Maguire in the pecking order at the club once he signs.

“If Jonny Evans signs he [Maguire] is behind Jonny Evans I reckon,” Ferdinand explained on Vibe with FIVE.

Following Maguire’s move to West Ham collapsing, the defender seems happy enough to stick around at Old Trafford for the time being.

During pre-season Ten Hag was asked about Evans and what role he could play in the Man Utd dressing room.

“I know him for a long time, so I know his place was here, in Manchester,” Ten Hag told MUTV.

“He came to train with us, to work on his fitness, and when I said: yeah, not all the players are in – internationals are out, still having their break, so I thought it was a good idea to help each other out. Jonny can work on his fitness and he can help us out.

“The level, we know he is a really experienced player but also a very good person, a big personality, and I think he has big authority as well. He will help the young players especially. It is a benefit for both sides.”

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