Manchester United defender Jonny Evans described Saturday night's Premier League win over Burnley as «one of the best nights of my life» following his surprise summer return.
Having risen through the youth ranks and been part of a United squad that won the Champions League and multiple Premier League titles, Evans was sold in 2015 and spent the next eight years making a good top flight career for himself with West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City.
But, at the age of 35, the Northern Ireland international was offered a short-term contract to make up the numbers and provide experience during pre-season. He ended up sufficiently impressing manager Erik ten Hag to then land a longer deal until next summer.
A lack of numbers saw Evans finish the defeat to Arsenal at the start of the month, while the double absence of Harry Maguire and Lisandro Martinez at Burnley – with Raphael Varane only fit enough for the bench after injury – saw him given the nod to start next to Victor Lindelof.
Evans didn't just help United secure a vital first clean sheet in over a month after conceding 14 times in the last five games, his pinpoint pass from deep set up the match-winning volley from Bruno Fernandes. Earlier, he had scored himself at a corner, only to see VAR intervene and rule Rasmus Hojlund offside for blocking off Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford.
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