Desperate Man Utd turn to 35-year-old Jonny Evans to replace Lisandro Martinez vs Burnley - his first start for Red Devils in over eight years

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  • Martinez misses out through injury
  • Harry Maguire not involved either
  • 35-year-old defender Evans steps in

WHAT HAPPENED? Evans, who came back to Old Trafford on a free in the summer to provide experienced back-up, has been handed his first United start since 2015 owing to a lack of options at Ten Hag's disposal. He'll parter Victor Lindelof in a back four that also contains Diogo Dalot and Sergio Reguilon, who has impressed since his summer move.

The full United XI is as follows: Onana; Dalot, Lindelof, Evans, Reguilon; McTominay, Casemiro; Hannibal, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Martinez, who would have started Saturday's game, misses it through injury, joining fellow centre-back Raphael Varane on the treatment table. Harry Maguire, who you'd also think to be in contention to come in as cover, isn't involved in the squad whatsoever.

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Manager Ten Hag explained: “He's calm, he knows the work and he knows what to do. He will get the job done to replace Lisandro who’s injured."


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WHAT NEXT FOR EVANS? He, like the Manchester United fans who have made the trip to Turf Moor, will be hoping he can put in a solid performance to help United to victory after their harrowing defeat against Brighton last weekend.