Manchester United fans were in for a surprise as Jonny Evans was named in the squad for their pre-season friendly with Lyon, following his short-term deal with his former club.
The 35-year-old had been training with United’s Under-21s while considering his next move after leaving Leicester City at the end of last season.
However, his impressive performances in training caught the eye of Erik ten Hag’s coaching staff, which led to his inclusion in the squad for the game against Lyon.
Evans began his professional career at Manchester United and spent nine years at the club, playing a key role in their success under Sir Alex Ferguson.
He won three Premier League titles, two League Cups, and the UEFA Champions League with the Red Devils.
However, he left the club in 2015 to join West Bromwich Albion, where he spent three seasons before moving to Leicester City.
The Northern Ireland international is a highly experienced defender with over 300 Premier League appearances under his belt.
He has also earned 91 caps for his country and has been an integral part of their recent success in international competitions.
His return to Manchester United will provide a much-needed boost to their defensive options, especially given the uncertainty surrounding Harry Maguire’s future.
Maguire’s future at the club has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks, with reports suggesting that he could leave Old Trafford this summer.
The England international has been linked with a move to Manchester City, and his departure would leave United with a major void to fill in defence.
Evans’ signing will provide some much-needed cover for the Red Devils, especially given his familiarity with the club and his experience at the highest level.
Evans will now join up with United’s Academy group in San Diego, where he will continue his pre-season preparations.
The main squad, meanwhile, will travel to New York for further friendlies ahead of the new Premier League season.
It remains to be seen whether Evans will be offered a permanent deal at the club, but his presence in the squad for the Lyon game is a positive sign for United fans who will be hoping for a successful season ahead.