Jonny Evans described Manchester United’s 1-0 victory over Burnley as the “best night of his life.”
This sentiment reflects the significance of his return to the starting lineup after an eight-year absence, during which he played at West Brom and Leicester.
Upon rejoining United this summer, Evans’ presence raised questions, given his age of 35.
However, he put in an assured performance at the back, and his precise pass set up Bruno Fernandes for the game’s only goal. This remarkable performance in his first start back with the club made it an unforgettable night for Evans.
After the game, Evans told TNT Sports: “I loved every minute of it.
“I 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐝 every minute of it!”
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“Coming up here on the bus I was buzzing. That was my 200th game for Man United. I never thought I would ever reach that figure – it’s the best night of my life.
“When you get to a certain age you start to wind down your career. I got the call from United and didn’t have another option, so I just took it and tried to do my best in training and take my chance.
“I was told my role would be to provide competition and that is how I have approached it. With a few injuries, I then had the chance to start tonight.”
Meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes, whose goal was a brilliantly taken first-time volley, was quick to praise Evans for his assist.
“It was a great pass from Jonny. I know he has great qualities playing the ball in behind with both feet,” said the match-winner.
“I was waiting for it [the pass]. Burnley give space behind but it was tough to get that at times and we took the chance when it was there.”
Evans thought he had scored himself moments earlier when he nodded home Sergio Reguilon’s corner after 25 minutes.
However, VAR ruled out Evans’ first United goal in the Premier League since 2012, with Rasmus Hojlund deemed to have impeded Burnley’s James Trafford from an offside position.