Keith Gillespie has exclusively told Football FanCast that Leicester City defender Jonny Evans is still good enough to start for Manchester United.
Having come through the ranks at Old Trafford before winning 11 major honours, including the Champions League and three Premier League titles, the centre-back was sold to West Brom by former United boss Louis van Gaal back in 2015.
Evans spent three seasons with the Baggies before making the switch to Leicester following West Brom’s relegation back to the Championship.
The Foxes are looking good to finish in the top-four and on course to win the FA Cup for the first time, with Evans one of their most consistent performers this season.
And Gillespie, who played with Evans at international level, is still surprised that Manchester United got rid of him, and believes he would get into Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s current defence.
He told Football FanCast:
“I played with Jonny with Northern Ireland, so I know how good he is. I remember Jonny’s debut against Spain. We’d lost on the Saturday to Iceland 3-0 and he put Jonny in at left-back, and he was absolutely unbelievable. We ended up winning that game as well.
“He’s like a Rolls Royce. Left-foot, right-foot, his distribution is good, he wins headers. His reading of the game is good.
“Why Manchester United got rid of him is beyond me. I think Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer said recently that he was surprised that Louis van Gaal got rid of him.
“Jonny went to West Brom and was fantastic, and Man City and Arsenal were in for him. And you’re thinking, why did you get rid of him? I’d have him in the Man United defence now. You know what you’re going to get from Jonny. He’s a fantastic player, who;s just got better and better with age.”
Whilst Caglar Soyuncu and Wesley Fofana have more than played their part, Evans really has stepped up in the absence of Harry Maguire, and his form is a major reason as to why Leicester have done so well over the last 18 months.