​West Brom defender Jonny Evans has opened up about his time under Louis van Gaal at Manchester United, claiming he learnt as much in one year under the Dutchman as he did in many years playing in the Premier League.


Van Gaal departed United after failing to gain Champions League football last season, despite winning the FA Cup. However, Evans, who played under van Gaal for a season before leaving for West Brom had nothing but praise for his former boss.

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Speaking with the Telegraph, Evans said: “I broke my foot at the start of Van Gaal’s first season against Leicester away and I had the spitting ban,


“I missed an awful lot of that season but I learned so much playing for Van Gaal in that one year it was crazy.


“Whatever people say about him and his spell in charge of United, he was a fantastic coach. I learned as much in that one year as I did in a lot of years as a Premier League footballer.


Evans only managed 17 appearances for United under van Gaal in the 2013/14 season, but he still seemed grateful for the then 62 year old's wisdom.

“He was very into his positional play and team shape, no matter if you were a centre-back, a midfielder or a winger.


“But I never felt I was in the right frame of mind or had the right opportunity to show him that.


“It probably wasn’t until six months or a year after leaving where things started clicking into place and I started to understand the things that he was talking about a lot better. I did a lot of thinking in that spell.”