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Jonny Evans has no regrets about leaving Man United for West Brom

West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans says being able to play regularly was key to quitting Manchester United for the Hawthorns.

Evans, 28, left United last summer in a £6 million move to West Brom where he has become an integral member of Tony Pulis' first team.

He had become a bit-part player at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal, making just 12 Premier League starts in 2014-15, and is delighted to be playing week-in, week-out.

"I have to say, I have really enjoyed it," Evans told the Independent about moving to the Baggies. "When you are out of the team and not playing regularly, there is always that question in your head of 'When am I going to play next?'

"I have enjoyed the feeling -- players talk about it all the time -- that Saturday feeling of going out and playing football, and that has been one of the biggest things.

Jonny Evans made 131 Premier League appearances for Manchester United.

"I had a fantastic time at United and I loved it, but there came a point when I had to make a decision. I wanted to play, wanted to show people what I could do.

"I have ambitions to become as good a centre-half as I can be and show people I can be as good a player as I can be and finish my career with no regrets."

Although he failed to make the grade under Van Gaal after being at United since the age of 10, Evans has nothing but praise for the Dutchman.

"Louis van Gaal is a fantastic coach and there is a lot of stuff I really liked under him," Evans added. "I feel fortunate that I have had the chance to work with him because I do think that myself, and every other player there, will have learned something from him.

"Even though I wasn't playing, I appreciated the stuff he was doing and I think he gave me a fair crack of the whip.

"Whenever I had the chance to play, I didn't perform to my best and I didn't believe that my performances warranted me getting back in the team.

"I can be honest about that. I can look at myself and analyse my performances.

"I don't think it was a case of not believing in my ability, that I couldn't reach those performances I needed to, but if I am honest about that time, maybe I didn't.

"But I don't have any regrets about leaving when I did. I am fortunate that I have gone now instead of maybe two to three years down the line.

"It was the right time for me to go and I am enjoying myself."


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