Manchester United have endured a mixed start to the 2023/24 season with three Premier League wins balanced against three losses in domestic action.
Erik ten Hag’s side also lost 4-3 away at Bayern Munich in their Champions League opener as his new signings continue to bed into the squad with varied results.
Andre Onana has been ever-present, but the Cameroon international has struggled for consistency, while injuries have disrupted Mason Mount, Rasmus Hojlund and Sofyan Amrabat’s starts at Old Trafford.
However, despite the attention on those players, the free transfer return of Jonny Evans to the club could prove to be a shrewd move by Ten Hag after the Northern Irishman’s star turn in the recent win over Burnley.
How old is Jonny Evans?
The veteran defender is 35-year-old, and will turn 36 on January 3, 2024.
Evans played a substitute cameo role in the 3-1 defeat at Arsenal on September 3, before the Northern Ireland international completed 90 minutes in the 1-0 win at Burnley, including a fine assist for Bruno Fernandes’ winner. He could have even got on the scoresheet himself, heading home from a corner, but the goal was ruled out after a VAR check for offside on Hojlund.
WHAT A FINISH FROM BRUNO FERNANDES! ????
Manchester United take the lead against Burnley thanks to a brilliant assist from Jonny Evans and an even better finish from Bruno! pic.twitter.com/qMdAxzZGwO
— Football on TNT Sports (@footballontnt) September 23, 2023
Jonny Evans Man United contract
Following his release from Leicester City at the end of last season, Evans was without a club, as the Foxes dropped down into the EFL Championship.
He was initially offered a short term deal by United, after a period of summer training with the club, as Ten Hag wanted to assess him in their preseason games.
After a string of solid performances in warm up matches as he played a valuable role as an experienced head in the United training camp, the club agreed a one-year contract with Evans until the end of the 2023/24 season.
Has Jonny Evans played for Man United before?
The sight of Evans in Manchester United shirt will not be unfamiliar for supporters after the centre back spent 11 years at the club from 2004 and 2015.
Evans was signed as a promising young star from his boyhood club Greenisland FC, in Belfast, in 2004, and made his Premier League debut in 2008, after loan spells at Royal Antwerp and Sunderland.
In seven years in the United first team, Evans played a regular rotating role in Sir Alex Ferguson’s plans, with 198 appearances across all competitions before joining West Bromwich Albion in 2015.
Jonny Evans career stats, trophies
Evans won the EL Championship title during his loan stint at Sunderland in 2007, during the tenure of United legend Roy Keane, before claiming three Premier League titles on his return to United.
After joining Leicester in 2018, Evans went on to win his first ever FA Cup title in 2021, as Brendan Rodgers’ side beat Chelsea in the final.
His selection for the Burnley match earned him a 200th United appearance across two spells, and he is fourth on the Northern Ireland all-time cap list, with 104.