Jonny Evans has completed his transfer from Manchester United to West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee.

The Northern Ireland defender is a product of the Reds’ Academy system and made 179 first-team starts, plus another 19 appearances as substitute, and scored seven goals. He won six major honours with United – three Premier League titles, two League Cups and the Club World Cup.

Prior to his departure, Evans was the second longest-serving player at Old Trafford behind Wayne Rooney, having made his debut in September 2007 against Coventry City in a home League Cup tie. His last competitive appearance for United was as a substitute in the 2-1 away win over Crystal Palace in May.

The centre-back, who has signed a four-year contract at The Hawthorns, will find familiar faces there in fellow ex-United players Darren Fletcher, Ben Foster and another recent arrival James Chester. Also, he plays international football with two of his new West Brom colleagues – Chris Brunt and Gareth McAuley.

Evans told West Brom’s official website: “It’s a new, fresh challenge for me and one I’m looking forward to. I know a few of the lads already and I spoke to a couple, who highly recommended the club.”

His new manager Tony Pulis said: “This is a great signing for the club. Jonny brings a lot of experience and will be a big player for us – he’s a player I’ve been watching for some time. We are delighted to have him on board.”

Everybody at Manchester United would like to wish Jonny the very best of luck for the future.

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