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Rio Ferdinand absolutely stunned by how good Jonny Evans has been for Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand has been left highly impressed with Jonny Evans’ displays for Manchester United this season. 

Evans lifted three Premier League trophies during Sir Alex Ferguson’s time at United before leaving Old Trafford in 2015. 

However, after he was released by Leicester City at the end of last season, he was offered a one-year contract by the Red Devils. 

The Northern Irish footballer has made the most of the opportunity, making 23 appearances across all competitions this season. 

The 36-year-old was part of United’s backline against Manchester City on Sunday and produced an excellent display at the Etihad Stadium. 

Ferdinand, who played alongside Evans during his time at Old Trafford, has praised his former defensive partner. 

But the famous pundit heavily criticised the club for relying on him so frequently. 

Talking on the FIVE podcast, he said: “I didn’t expect him to come in and play as many games, and I didn’t expect him to do as well as he’s done.

“But he hasn’t put a foot wrong, it’s crazy. He’s good with the ball – he’s probably good with the younger players. He’ll probably go into coaching after.

“He wouldn’t have expected to play as many games but listen, the way he’s going it wouldn’t surprise me if he got a new contract, if not there then definitely somewhere else.

“But really, as well as he’s done and as much as I admire him as a professional, he really shouldn’t be at Man United. It just shows you where they are.

“He shouldn’t be being asked to come in and play and chase [Erling Braut] Haaland around. That’s not what the top clubs are doing nowadays.”

Ferdinand is spot on 

Evans, who is valued at €2 million by Transfermarkt, has been excellent for Man United this season, but Ferdinand is right – he shouldn’t be at the club. 

The defender has turned 36, and a player of his age shouldn’t be playing for a top English club such as United. 

Injuries to Lisandro Martinez and Harry Maguire have allowed Evans to start in central defence, but the Red Devils should have younger defensive options.   

Their frequent reliance on a veteran centre-back shows where they are as a club.