Irish Footballers that Played for Manchester United - Jonny Evans
Jonny Evans - Introduction
Jonny Evans from Belfast in Northern Ireland signed for Manchester United in 2004. He was playing for Greenisland FC in Belfast when he was picked up by a Man Utd scout. Evans made his debut for United's first team on the 26th September 2007 in the Carling Cup. Unfortunately for Evans Manchester United lost 0 - 2 to Coventry City at Old Trafford.
Jonny Evans & Manchester United
Jonny Evans is a tall and intelligent defender. His performances in the Youth Academy led to him being loaned out to Belgian club Royal Antwerp in 2006 to gain crucial experience at a higher playing level.
Upon his return from Antwerp his boyhood hero and former Manchester United great, Roy Keane brought him on loan to Sunderland in the English Championship. His performances for Sunderland helped the club to win the Championship and thus winning promotion to the Premier League.
Following a brief return to Manchester United Jonny Evans returned on loan to Sunderland in January 2008 for the second half of the Premier League season. Despite enduring a difficult time Sunderland, assisted by Evans' performances, retained it's Premiership status. Evans returned from loan to Manchester United at the end of the season.
Following on from his first team debut with Manchester United against Coventry City Evans made further first team appearances as a substitute in a Champions League match at Old Trafford against Dynamo Kiev in November 2007. A month later he started a further Champions League match against Roma from Italy.
Evans Premier League Debut for United
Jonny Evans made his Premier League debut for Manchester United on 21 September 2008 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The match ended in a 1 - 1 draw. Evans made a further 17 league appearances for United that season. In the next season, 2009/10 Evans made 18 league appearances. Due to injury to regular centre-half, Rio Ferdinand, Johnny Evans started the 2010/11 season as a fixture in United's Central defensive partnership alongside Nemanja Vidic.
Jonny Evans - Northern Ireland Career
In September 2006 Jonny Evans won his first international cap for Northern Ireland at Windsor Park, Belfast. Making his international debut before his first start for Manchester United, Northern Ireland sensationally beat Spain 3-2. Evans has been an ever-present in the Northern Irish international squad since his debut. Jonny Evans scored his first goal for Northern Ireland in a 3-2 victory over Poland in a 2010 World Cup qualifier.
Jonny's younger brother, Corry Evans, is also on the books of Manchester United and plays in midfield.
Jonny Evans - Manchester United & Northern Ireland Statistics
Last Updated:14 June 2015
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