West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans has revealed the conversation between himself and former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson that led to his switch to the Baggies in 2015 took place on a golf buggy!

The chat between Evans ​and Fergie about his next career move took place on the back of a golf cart after the Ireland international was informed by Louis van Gaal that he was surplus to requirements at Manchester United. 

Ahead of West Brom's trip to his former club on Saturday afternoon, Evans told the ​Irish Independent about the conversation which led to his departure. 

He recalled: "There were a few whispers and I was playing golf one day at one of the United Foundation events. Sir Alex took me to the side, sitting on the golf buggy, and talked it through with me.

"He’s obviously big friends with Tony Pulis (at West Bromwich Albion) and was pushing me in that direction. I thanked him for that at the time and took his advice.”

Although the 29-year-old defender was not surprised by his own exit from the club, he did express his disbelief that fellow centre-back Michael Keane was allowed to leave Old Trafford.

He added: "There were a lot of decisions at the end with United that were made quite quickly,” Evans says. “I’m not saying that on behalf of myself, but I was surprised that Michael Keane was sold at the time. Having been in his position myself and come through United’s academy, I was surprised at that one.

"Me, on the other hand, that wasn’t a surprise. I could see the signs. I felt like it was the time for that to happen. There was no problem. I was looking forward to a new challenge because I knew that once I got playing again, I could really push on."