Manchester United defender Jonny Evans lost any hope of saving his Old Trafford career after he was involved in a spitting incident with Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse back in March.
This has been reported by the Manchester Evening News, who claim that the Northern Irish international could be heading out of the exit gates at the club sooner rather than later after struggling under the Louis van Gaal regime.
Evans, ultimately, found himself in and out of the starting XI throughout the course of the campaign, but it now appears that his time at the club is approaching its end.
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In fact, the report claims that the incident during the club's 1-0 victory at St James' Park last season, was the final straw for Red Devils chief Van Gaal, who was already seemingly having doubts over the future of the 27-year-old.
The experienced defender, who has racked up over 150 appearances for the club, has seen a number of his defensive teammates put pen to paper on new deals with the club in recent time.
Evans left out
Last season, the impressive young duo of Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair signed on at Old Trafford, while the first-team pairing of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have also committed their futures with the club.
Evans, on the other hand, is set to run out of his deal with the club in one-years time, meaning he could be on the move in this transfer window.
Time for a change
And, in truth, it's probably time for Evans to depart Manchester, as he goes about playing week in, week out. At 27-years of age, he's in the prime of his career, so is in need of first-team football on a regular basis.
Despite a few struggles at United, the centre-back is without a doubt more than good enough to feature in England's elite division, so will no doubt have a number of clubs interested in his signature.
At the end of the day, at his age, Evans would have already established himself as the main man at the heart of the Manchester United defence if he was going to see out his career at the club, so he'd be right to look for a new challenge. It's best all round if the Red Devils ace moves on before the start of the new campaign.
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