The return of the Man United power couple! Jonny Evans and the wife of the media team, Helen, meet again… but who is their longtime partner?
Jonny Evans has returned to Manchester United in a surprising turn of events, with the former Leicester centre-back agreeing a short-term deal at his old ground, reuniting with his wife in the process.
Old Trafford has seen its fair share of power pairings during its trophy-laden history, Law and Best, Yorke and Cole, Ronaldo and Rooney, but Evans and Evans is the latest partnership to return to Carrington.
The Northern Irishman will join United in their pre-season friendly against Lyon in Scotland before linking up with the club’s academy team in San Diego as he considers his free agent options.
Evans played for United between 2008 and 2015, making 198 first-team appearances and winning the Premier League and FA Cup, among other honours, but his greatest achievement may have been capturing the heart of Helen McConnell, now Mrs Evans. .
The blonde-haired soccer fan first established a career in her homeland as a model and found fame in the style industry.
Jonny Evans (left) has returned to Manchester United where his wife Helen (right) still works as a presenter.
Evans (left) and his wife married in 2013 after first meeting during an interview for the club’s internal television channel.
Evans (centre) recently signed a short-term contract with United after returning to the club.
She was signed to the Belfast Style Academy modeling agency and even appeared as a finalist for Sunday Life Covergirl in 2004 before moving to Manchester.
The 35-year-old is also a native of Northern Ireland and got her first look at her now-husband after landing a role on United’s in-house television station, MUTV.
A first season in front of the camera saw her gain air time working as a freelance presenter covering Irish league games before the Premier League giants arrived.
Her passion for United combined with upcoming status in the broadcasting industry eventually led to a role with the Red Devils and she was soon rubbing shoulders with members of the first team and staff.
The Belfast Wellington College alumnus had arrived in Manchester and while work saw her interact with members of Sir Alex Ferguson’s team, a fateful meeting saw her sit in the company of Evans.
An interview with the central defender in 2011 for MUTV kicked off a blossoming relationship that quickly progressed when the couple married two years later.
In a star-studded wedding, McConnell and Evans tied the knot in Northern Ireland during a ceremony and reception in County Down with former United stars in attendance as the duo tied the knot.
Evans was later shown the starting door at Old Trafford when he moved to West Brom in 2015, eventually joining Leicester three years later.
Evans (left) has been widely supported by his wife Helen (right) at both club and international level.
The pair will work together again at Old Trafford after Evans returned to his old club for pre-season.
However, his wife stayed where she was and has continued to highlight her role at United with the couple maintaining their presence while continuing to live in their home a short distance from the club and the presenter maintaining her position.
The revolving door at United is constantly spinning and the presenter was on hand to welcome star new signing Mason Mount as he completed his £60m move from Chelsea in early July.
He is likely to be part of the media team working with the club on their pre-season tour of the United States as United ramp up their preparations ahead of the new Premier League campaign.
Lift’s actions could be on the cards now that Evans is back at United after impressing first-team boss Erik ten Hag, but even if a permanent contract is not secured after pre-season, at least one of the partners He will keep his place in the club.