Jonny Evans grew up a die hard Manchester United fan, with his bedroom covered in United posters to match his United bedspread. When they lost a game, he’d cry.
Evans was first invited to United’s Centre of Excellence when he was just nine-years-old and his family then moved from Northern Ireland to Manchester so he could join the academy.
He went on to play 198 games for the first team, winning three Premier League titles, two League Cup and the Club World Cup, before being sold to West Brom. He spent three seasons there as captain before joining Leicester last summer.
In the programme ahead of this afternoon’s game between his current club and his boyhood club, Evans talked about what United means to him.
I’m sure I’ll have a lot of family members coming down. I still follow United a lot. After we’ve played I always check their result. I grew up supporting United as a child, so it’s a team that will always mean a lot to me.
Winning my first Premier League title at United was a big moment for me. The League Cup final is another that sticks out. The manager played us young lads in two finals in a row.
Leicester have beaten Manchester City and Chelsea this season, as well as drawing against Liverpool in the week, which Evans says gives the team confidence to beat anyone.
Those results have given us a lot of confidence. We’ve got Manchester United and Tottenham up next, who are both great teams, but we’ll go into these games with a huge amount of belief. We always feel like we’re capable of turning over these big sides. They’ve got a huge amount of talent in their teams, but we’re confident in our own ability too.