West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans has insisted that he has no regrets over leaving Manchester United and has also praised Louis van Gaal’s coaching ability.
Evans began his career at Man United in 2006 and he was highly rated by former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, a combination of injuries and loss of form meant Evans was deemed surplus to requirements by Louis van Gaal last year. The 28-year-old has flourished since joining West Brom and Evans believes the decision to leave United was the right one for his career.
“I don’t think it was a case of not believing in my ability, that I couldn’t reach those performances I needed to,” Evans said.
“If I am honest about that time, maybe I didn’t. But I don’t have any regrets about leaving when I did. It was the right time for me to go. When you are out of the team and not playing regularly, there is always that question in your head of, ‘when am I going to play next?’
“I have enjoyed the feeling – players talk about it all the time – that Saturday feeling of going out and playing football, and that has been one of the biggest things. I had a fantastic time at United and I loved it, but there came a point when I had to make a decision. I wanted to play, wanted to show people what I could do.
“Louis van Gaal is a fantastic coach and there is a lot of stuff I really liked under him. I feel fortunate that I have had the chance to work with him because I do think that myself, and every other player there, will have learned something from him.”
Evans is joined by former United teammate Darren Fletcher at West Brom and it is good to see the pair doing well, despite their downturn in form towards the end of their Old Trafford careers.
United face West Brom on Sunday looking to win their fifth consecutive game in a row, although Evans will be injured for the clash.