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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still cursing the decision of former Man United boss Louis van Gaal to let Jonny Evans leave Old Trafford.
Evans, who left the Red Devils in 2015 after making 198 appearances for the club, will line up against his former side for Leicester in the FA Cup on Sunday.
The 33-year-old has been a rock at the back since joining the Foxes from West Brom in 2018 – something that is not lost on current United boss Solskjaer.
Talking ahead of the match with Leicester, he said: "You know, Jonny Evans should have been a Manchester United player now, of course.
"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.
Solskjaer played for United alongside the Class of 92, and the legacy of their development from the youth set up to first team has clearly had an effect on the Norwegian's philosophy.
He continued: "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.”
United failed to adequately replace Evans when he left in 2015 and have been through a myriad of defensive combinations since the Northern Irishman joined West Brom.
Players such as Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind have come and gone while the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Timothy Fosu-Mensah have all failed to fulfil their potential at Old Trafford.
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Harry Maguire has provided a settling presence since his move from Leicester in 2019, but Solskjaer is still wondering what might have been had United kept hold of Evans all those years ago.
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