Paddy McNair ‘sad’ to see Jonny Evans leave Manchester United

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United defender Paddy McNair has revealed he was “sad” to see compatriot Jonny Evans leave Old Trafford this summer.

Evans had come through the ranks at Man United having graduated from the academy but he left for West Bromwich Albion earlier this year.

Although the 27-year-old’s performances had declined in recent years, it’s never nice to see an academy graduate leave.

McNair admitted he was disappointed after Evans left as the pair had struck up a good relationship off the pitch.

“Yeah, I was a little bit sad because he helped me a lot when I came into this team at United,” McNair said.

“He is a Northern Ireland international as well but I’m sure Jonny will do well at West Brom. It’s definitely a good move for him with Darren Fletcher and Anders Lindegaard there as well. He’s a good player and will do well there, 100%. I saw him shortly after the move with Ireland and he was happy, and excited to be playing regularly again.”

The likes of Evans, Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck and Darren Fletcher have all left United in recent years after spending the majority of their careers at the club. It is sad to see them go but there can be no room for sentiment if United are to move forward.

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