Manchester United stay in talks to sign defender Jonny Evans on a everlasting foundation despite the collapse of Harry Maguire’s proposed transfer to West Ham.
Evans, 35, joined on a short-term deal to cowl United’s pre-season fixtures in July, however that contract has now expired.
Erik ten Hag has revealed talks are ongoing with the United academy product, who watched Monday’s 1-0 win over Wolves from the director’s field at Previous Trafford.
“On this second, he isn’t (underneath contract) however we’re speaking,” Ten Hag mentioned. “We’ll see. We’re in talks and when we now have information we are going to deliver it.”
United’s pursuit of the Northern Eire worldwide, who left Previous Trafford for West Brom in 2015 and have become a free agent this summer time when his contract with relegated Leicester expired, has continued despite the fact that Maguire now seems set to keep on the membership.
United accepted a £30million provide from West Ham for his or her former captain final week, however that transfer stalled with Maguire wanting to keep and struggle for his place.
Ten Hag supplied the 30-year-old some encouragement when requested what he wanted to do to get again into the facet.
“I’m glad he’s right here, we’d like an excellent squad,” the Dutchman mentioned.
“We now have 4 good centre halves and together with Luke Shaw we now have 5, and we’d like it as a result of we’re going to play 50-60 video games this season. All of the gamers are internationals so we now have a number of load to cowl.
“I’m glad Harry Maguire is right here. He’s going to have to struggle for his place as does everybody within the squad.
“He is aware of what I count on from him, what I count on from a centre-half. He can do it, he has the skills to do it so now he has to present it. It’s about character, to be satisfied to play that position, he has all the skills to do it.”
There was one concern in defence on Monday evening with Lisandro Martinez compelled off at half-time, changed by Victor Lindelof, however the Argentinian has skilled this week and Ten Hag expects him to be accessible for Saturday’s journey to Tottenham.
United have spent massive this summer time to sign England midfielder Mason Mount, Denmark striker Rasmus Hojlund and Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana.
Ten Hag mentioned he was pleased with how his squad now seems to be, however didn’t rule out additional strikes within the remaining weeks of the transfer window.
“Our squad is roofed, all of the positions are coated, however in fact we’re Manchester United, we’re all the time in search of enchancment…” he mentioned. “With this squad I’m satisfied we are able to go for our targets.”
This week United issued a membership assertion relating to the inner investigation into Mason Greenwood, who has been suspended by United since January 30, 2022, over allegations relating to a younger girl after pictures and movies had been posted on-line.
Greenwood was going through expenses together with tried rape and assault till the Crown Prosecution Service introduced six months in the past that the case had been discontinued.
Following reviews that United are getting ready to deliver the academy graduate again into the first-team set-up, the membership assertion mentioned no determination had but been made.
The difficulty has divided various followers, with some protests in opposition to Greenwood’s potential return seen at Previous Trafford on Monday evening.
Ten Hag mentioned the difficulty was not affecting him or his staff with the season now underneath approach.
“We give attention to the best way of taking part in, we give attention to the staff efficiency. It’s concerning the gamers who can be found so we give attention to Tottenham,” he mentioned. “Each begin to the season is tough.
“We all know the efficiency (in opposition to Wolves) was not what we hoped however we gained. We confirmed the character and the persona.”