Jonny Evans makes second Man Utd debut 16 years after his first one as he comes on as sub in Lyon friendly

JONNY EVANS made his second Manchester United debut 16 years after his first after being brought on against Lyon.

The centre-back signed for United on a short-term deal this week.

Jonny Evans made his second Manchester United debut as a sub against LyonAFP

SunSport understands that the deal is seen as a mutually beneficial short-term arrangement – with Evans able to gain fitness and United benefiting from his experience.

And hours after putting pen to paper Evans was named on the bench for the pre-season friendly against Lyon in Edinburgh.

Evans, 35, was brought on at half-time in place of Lisandro Martinez.

He last played for the Red Devils eight years ago and made his first debut for the club in September 2007.

The Northern Ireland international has made 198 appearances for the club and will be aiming to earn a longer contract with his performances in pre-season.

Evans left Leicester following their relegation from the Premier League and had been training with United Under-21s to maintain his fitness.

The centre-back is set to join the squad on their pre-season tour of the US, with Arsenal up next.

Erik ten Hag handed opportunities to several youngsters and fringe players against Lyon, including forgotten man Donny van de Beek.


The Dutchman came on at half-time alongside Evans and took only a few minutes to make his mark.

Hot prospect Daniel Gore worked the ball down the right flank and crossed for Van de Beek, who hit a perfect sidefoot volley into the top corner to open the scoring.

The midfielder has been tipped to leave the club this summer with the Red Devils open to offers and prepared to lower their asking price to £20million to ensure he leaves.

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