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The burgeoning talent at centre back for United today explained how he very nearly joined Sunderland last summer...

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had his faith in his academy graduates tested last summer when Sunderland lodged a weighty and respectable £10 million transfer bid for Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans.

The transfer was knocked back, and instead Gerard Pique departed for Barcelona. Evans, though, would have had no qualms joining the Stadium of Light side, as he never thought he would have as many chances in Ferguson's first-team this season as he's been given.

"It’s been a great season for me, but I always think about what could have happened to me," Evans reminisced in British tabloid The Mirror.

"If United had accepted the bid from Sunderland last summer I would have gone there," he added. "I don’t think I would have had much choice because if your club doesn’t want you then you move on. It would have been a great challenge working under Roy Keane again.

"It was something I really enjoyed when I went on loan to Sunderland and I definitely would have gone back. Things would have been a lot different for me," he concluded.

Alan Dawson, Goal.com

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