Manchester United re-signed Jonny Evans last summer after the former academy graduate had spent eight seasons away from the club at West Brom and Leicester.
Having grown up a United fan, he was understandably delighted to be able to return to the club at the end of his career.
Speaking with the club’s official site, Evans has reflected on what it means to him to now hear United fans sing his name.
It’s great, and I think it’s taken me 20 years to get a song. I never thought it would be that, you know, taking Gary Neville’s old song. But to hear the United fans sing a song for me: that’s a dream come true for anyone.
Evans international career is still going strong too, with him now on 106 caps for Northern Ireland, meaning only three players have ever made more appearances for the country.
Evans discussed the pride he feels as a Northern Irish man representing a club that is so well supported in his country.
There is [a lot of pride], obviously with being from Northern Ireland and knowing I’ve been fanatical myself as a kid about Man United, and knowing how everyone else over there is. When I go back home and see everyone, and when I’m going into the stadium, there’s thousands of fans always waiting for autographs before and after games, and the amount of Northern Irish voices I hear is always incredible.
It’s always nice when I go over and hear those voices and they’re all from sort of the same area where I come from. Even young kids, you know, playing for the same football team that I used to play for when I was young. So, it’s great that I’m able to have that connection back with them. And they’ve always been my biggest supporters over the years, the Northern Irish Reds, so a big thank you to them.