Graeme Souness names ex-Red who would ‘walk into’ Man United defence

Graeme Souness believes Leicester City defender Jonny Evans would walk into the Manchester United team. 

Evans spent nine years at United between 2006 and 2015, lifting three Premier League titles and acting as an understudy for arguably the best centre-back pairing English football has seen in Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.

United’s current woes at the back are a farcy from the stable back four constructed by Sir Alex Ferguson towards the end of his managerial reign.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s requirement for a dynamic central defender has become glaringly obvious with United perhaps fortunate to only concede five goals in two opening league games against Crystal Palace and Brighton.

But with just a week remaining in this exhausting summer transfer window, it appears unlikely that there will be any activity in the centre-back department.

Since leaving United five years ago, Evans impressed at West Brom and has become a key player under Brendan Rodgers at Leicester.

The 32-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Foxes this summer and Souness believes he would have no problem getting into Solskjaer’s current side.

“I’m a big fan of his,” he told Sky Sports, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News. 

You look at Man United’s problems at the back right now, they would have him in their team right now.

“He’s good on the ball, he’s quick, he reads it, he’s got that experience now – being that age – he’s just an all-round good centre-half.

“He’d walk into the current Man United team.”

Of course, Evans is not the answer to United’s problems but there is an argument to suggest he would provide a more proficient partner for Harry Maguire.

Solskjaer’s preferred pairing of Maguire and Victor Lindelof lacks balance and the Norwegian should give Eric Bailly another chance to stake his claim for the first-team alongside the club captain.

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