Erik ten Hag provides update on Jonny Evans after Manchester United star was forced off injured in Copenhagen defeat

The veteran defender was forced off early on Wednesday night.

Erik ten Hag provides update on Jonny Evans after Manchester United star was forced off injured in Copenhagen defeat
Johnny Evans
Evans could now face a spell on the sidelines (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United are waiting to learn the extent of Jonny Evans’ injury after the defender was forced off early on in the Champions League defeat to Copenhagen.

Evans was once again given the nod by Erik ten Hag as he continued his partnership with Harry Maguire at the heart of defence.

The Northern Ireland international was forced off after just 16 minutes however with Raphael Varane brought onto replace him.

United were reduced to 10 men before half-time when Marcus Rashford was sent off, going onto lose 4-3 with Copenhagen capitalising on some calamitous defending to score twice in the final 10 minutes.

Evans, who returned to the club on a free transfer in the summer after eight years away, has started six times for United this season with Lisandro Martinez sidelined until the New Year but could now face a spell on the sidelines himself.

United take on Luton Town at Old Trafford on Saturday before the final international break of the year.

‘I’m not sure in this moment,’ ten Hag said when asked for an update on Evans.

Johnny Evans
Maguire and Evans has been ten Hag’s regular partnership in recent weeks (Picture: Getty)

‘He has to come off. I think it was a pity because he was part of it from that good part in the game where we were controlling, very composed and calm, it’s the way I see my team. Yeah, but he had to come off and I think still we are in control, still we are leading.

‘So we have to see how bad it is. It’s not about 11 players.

‘We have more players and we have good players, so we have good replacements to solve that.’

Varane has lost his place in the side in recent weeks, left out of the Manchester City derby for ‘tactical’ reasons despite returning to fitness and missing the Carabao Cup defeat to Newcastle United through illness.

The former France international was again among the subs against Fulham at the weekend with United legend Paul Scholes believing ten Hag is losing faith in the former Real Madrid star.

‘I actually think he’s playing Maguire and Evans at centre-half because he thinks they’re the two best ball-playing centre-halves,’ Scholes told TNT Sports. ‘Which in itself is a bit of a worry.’

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