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Graeme Souness believes Jonny Evans would walk back into Manchester United

‘He walks into the team when you look at what they have at the back’: Graeme Souness insists Jonny Evans is still good enough to start for Manchester United… after the Red Devils shelled out record £80m for Harry Maguire

  • Graeme Souness believes Jonny Evans would walk into Man United’s starting XI
  • Souness was full of praise for the Leicester centre-back before Newcastle clash
  • The Liverpool legend talked up Evans’ ability on the ball and spacial awareness
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Graeme Souness believes Jonny Evans is good enough to walk back into Manchester United’s starting XI.

Souness believes the Northern Irishman is ‘yet to hit his peak’ and has all the attributes to thrive in the modern game.

Evans was an academy graduate at Old Trafford and went on to make 198 appearances in an 11-year spell for the Red Devils.

Graeme Souness believes Jonny Evans would walk back into Manchester United's starting XI

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Graeme Souness believes Jonny Evans would walk back into Manchester United’s starting XI

Souness was full of praise for the Leicester centre-back before the Foxes’ clash with Newcastle

The 31-year-old left United for West Brom in 2015 before ultimately finding his feet at the King Power Stadium three years later. 

And it’s at Leicester where Evans has become one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League, with Souness labelling the defender as ‘top class’.

‘Jonny Evans and [Caglar] Soyuncu will enjoy that midfield in front of them,’ Souness said on Sky Sports before the Foxes’ clash with Newcastle. ‘Evans is 31 and has maybe not hit his peak yet. 

Harry Maguire made the move from Leicester to Old Trafford in a record £80million move

Harry Maguire made the move from Leicester to Old Trafford in a record £80million move

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Harry Maguire made the move from Leicester to Old Trafford in a record £80million move

‘He walks into the Manchester United team for me when you look at what United have at the back. 

‘He can make passes, senses danger. He’s all round a top class centre-half for me.’

The former Liverpool skipper was also critical of United’s midfield and warned that United’s spending on defenders ‘will all be money down the drain’ if they are unable to improve in the centre of the park.

Souness told The Sunday Times: ‘Until they fix it (their midfield), United’s back five will be fire-fighting.

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‘They can spend massively on Maguire, give Victor Lindelof a new five-year deal, De Gea four more lucrative years and sign Wan-Bissaka for £50million and it will all be money down the drain.’

Evans was an academy graduate at Old Trafford and went on to make 198 appearances

Evans was an academy graduate at Old Trafford and went on to make 198 appearances

Evans was an academy graduate at Old Trafford and went on to make 198 appearances

And while United have taken just eight points from their six Premier League games so far, and have been vulnerable defensively, Souness refused to blame the likes of Maguire.

Souness continued: ‘United are trying to rebuild from the back after signing Harry Maguire from Leicester City for £80m and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace for £50m.

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‘I rate Maguire. He will be disappointed with how it’s gone so far, but I’d not put it all at his door’.