Jonny Evans has returned to join Manchester United on a short term basis
Manchester United has announced that veteran center-back Jonny Evans has signed a short-term contract with the club, allowing him to participate in the upcoming friendlies against Lyon and Wrexham. The 35-year-old defender, who is available on a free transfer after the expiration of his contract with Leicester City, has been training with Manchester United over the past week.
Evans is no stranger to the Red Devils, having represented the club on 198 occasions from 2006 to 2015. During his time at Old Trafford, he won three Premier League titles, the Champions League, two League Cups, four Community Shields, and the Club World Cup. After leaving Manchester United, Evans spent three seasons with West Bromwich Albion before joining Leicester in 2018.
The Academy graduate had been training with the Under-21 squad while considering his options following his departure from Leicester City. Impressing manager Erik ten Hag and the coaching staff during first-team sessions, Evans has now been rewarded with a short-term deal to feature in the pre-season games in Edinburgh and San Diego.
Evans will be part of the squad facing Lyon on Wednesday before joining the team’s pre-season tour in the United States. Additionally, he will feature for the academy against Wrexham on July 25 while the first team faces Real Madrid in Houston.
The future plans for Evans beyond these matches remain uncertain, although there could be an opportunity for him in the squad if Harry Maguire departs in the coming weeks. Manchester United has already released central defenders Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe this summer, while Eric Bailly is also expected to leave the club permanently.