Solskjaer rues Van Gaal's decision to let Jonny Evans leave Man United


Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Leicester defender Jonny Evans should still be lining up for the Old Trafford club.

Solskjaer was still a United player when the Northern Ireland international was coming through the club's academy, before going on to make his senior debut in 2007.

According to Goal.com Solskjaer believes the 33-year-old, who played more than 200 games for United before he was sold to West Brom in 2015, should still be at the club.

'You know, Jonny Evans should have been a Manchester United player now, of course,' Solskjaer said ahead of United's FA Cup quarter-final against Leicester on Sunday.

'But sometimes football takes you other places when changes in management happen.

'I'm sure that Jonny Evans has feelings for Manchester United and we have feelings for him too.

'So it is a pleasure to see him playing as well as he does and we just have to move on.

'But of course, local lads - I call them local lads, you know what I mean - we want to build our next youth team on players like Jonny Evans, if you like.

'With Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay and Dean Henderson and all of the lads, added on with top quality players of course.'

Since the decision was taken by then United manager Louis van Gaal to sell Evans in 2015, the centre-back position has been a problem for the club.

Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof cost a combined total £144million and only Red Devils captain Maguire has subsequently established himself in United's defence.

As a result, Solskjaer is set to go into the market this summer for another centre back to partner his skipper.

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