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Int’l manager says United star has played through injury all season to ‘put the team before himself’

Because of this, some players have had to play through injuries in order for Erik ten Hag to be able to start with a senior 11; Bruno Fernandes broke his hand in the FA Cup semifinal but played the entire 90 minutes in the team’s victory over Sheffield United, and Harry Maguire was often seen on the pitch tending to an injury before going on leave.

Michael O’Neill, the manager of Northern Ireland, has now disclosed that Jonny Evans battled persistent ailments all season long, nevertheless he persevered to help the squad.

After calling the veteran up for his nation’s friendlies against Spain and Andorra in June, O’Neil said (via Manchester World ): “Jonny has had to manage an injury throughout the season. He has put the team before himself at times this year, playing when maybe not 100 per cent. He now has the FA Cup Final to look forward to. I gave Jonny the choice to skip this, but he said he wanted to be involved and I want to play.”

Evans’ surprise Old Trafford return

After spending preseason with his previous team after being released from then-relegated Leicester City, Evans, 36, re-signed for the Reds last summer on a one-year contract.

Fans didn’t anticipate seeing nearly as much of him in action as they have when his presence was announced. Due to the frequent absences of United’s centre halves, Evans made 29 appearances across all competitions, 17 of which came from the offset.

Although his future beyond this season is yet unknown, club executives will surely appreciate him for his incredibly helpful efforts in 2023–2024.

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