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Evans: It’s Been A Great Season For Me

Manchester United turned down a reported £10 million bid from Sunderland to keep Jonny Evans at the club. They let Gerard Pique go but Ferguson obviously saw something in Evans that was worth clinging on to.

However, Evans was loved in Sunderland and he wanted to go there. In fact, Evans had a bit of a sulk about it.

Fortunately, Evans got plenty more opportunities than he was expecting, which will have kept his red family very happy, and now our young defender is happy after enjoying a great season with the club.

“It’s been a great season for me, but I always think about what could have happened to me,” said Evans. “If United had accepted the bid from Sunderland last summer I would have gone there. I don’t think I would have had much choice because if your club doesn’t want you then you move on. It would have been a great challenge working under Roy Keane again. It was something I really enjoyed when I went on loan to Sunderland and I definitely would have gone back. Things would have been a lot different for me.”

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  1. wazza says:

    United had sold Pique and could not lose Evans too and Fergie did well to sell off Silvestre.Evans wanted 1st team action & he definitely got more this season than he might have expected.he has played many a big game this season and done really well.would one day like to see the Evans bro’s & the Da Silva bro’s filling our back 4.

  2. Drizzter says:

    Thank GOD u stay Jonny Boy!!

  3. cherry says:

    Thank God you did not go. Now go and shut Barca out on wed and lift the CL to bring the curtain down on an excellent season

  4. AlphaRS says:

    Should have sold Pique for more. Looking a good defender at Barcelona.

  5. BlackBabyJesus says:

    AlphaRS I think Pique only had 1 year left on his contract, and he didn’t seem willing to extend it.

  6. pawaka21 says:

    pique not quite make up for english game IMO. he did well in his first season in catalunya. but then i do believe evans is much better than him. with chester,galbraith and others in our ranks, we do have a good foundation in defensive area.they just need to be patient and wait for their chance. just look at fletcher.

  7. Kings says:

    Top player who has excelled this season, especially in the big games.

  8. Mila says:

    Is it me, or he is sort of saying that Sunderland would’ve been a greater challenge for him?

  9. twilight says:

    well it would be. he wouldnt have ferdinand or vidic beside him to help him out.

  10. ortega sanneh says:

    I have always been a gr8 fan of Evans with his master class act of reading the game and composure that make it quite easy for him at big games to maintain his cool down, and i even regards him as our future replacement of rio as they share few qualities in common, his adaptability in composing himself and his use of the ball made him a class above Pique, so wel done fergie for keeping him and allowing pique leave..he is always going to get better with Rio n Vida aside him so He will learn more as he grows
    well done Lad come on grow and show the world that u good enough to be a Man united first choice Centre back in the coming two seasons

  11. daveob82 says:

    In the complete interview he makes it clear that he is glad he didn’t go……
    I remember reading it thinking that the Sunderland fans wouldn’t be too pleased reading it…..

    Good man Jonny!!!! :-)

  12. corea says:

    love him. remember the bad challenge on him in the game against Roma a couple of years ago. he just got up and continue play.

  13. TonyBee says:

    Memo to Johnny Evans.
    SAF plays his cards close to his chest…… him not letting you go to the Mackems must have told you something….

  14. denton davey says:

    Evans – and his brother – have a big, big future at OldTrafford. Hell, Jonny has had a big, big present this year.

  15. King Eric says:

    You may well be needed on Wednesday night Johnny lad. A great season. I remember him been thrust in to play the rentboys and he was superb.


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