Former Manchester United Danny Higginbotham feels the Red Devils made the wrong decision to offload the likes of Michael Keane and Jonny Evans during Louis van Gaal’s time in-charge.
Keane, now at Everton, was allowed to leave for Burnley on loan in September 2014, before he sealed his permanent move to Turf Moor four months later. Meanwhile, Evans was a fan favourite at Old Trafford, and it came as a surprise when he was sold out to West Bromwich Albion in the summer of 2015.
Both Keane and Evans have since earned plaudits for their consistent performances in the top-flight, and Higginbotham believes that the latter could turn to be a huge hit for cross-city rivals Manchester City, should he make the move from the Hawthorns.
“When him and Michael Keane went, it was wrong to let them go. Keane was still developing and Evans had never let them down. It was not a fantastic point at Manchester United letting both of them go,” he told Sky Sports h/t The Express. “He’s [Evans] shown he’s more than good enough playing for West Brom and the better team you play for the better you look. But if he was to join Man City then he’d get even better.”
“He’s [Evans] shown he’s more than good enough playing for West Brom and the better team you play for the better you look. But if he was to join Man City then he’d get even better.”
United appeared to be in the hunt to re-sign Keane earlier this summer before Mourinho opted to pursue long-time target Lindelof. Nevertheless, United benefited from the defender’s £30m move to Everton after they inserted a 25 percent sell-on clause for his future transfer.
Despite a relatively calm end to the transfer window, Mourinho has done good business in the market with the signings of Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic whilst Zlatan Ibrahimovic has rejoined the club after showing signs of improvement following his knee injury.