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Keane: I signed Evans for Sunderland after he knocked out Man Utd teammate

Manchester United legend Roy Keane has explained signing West Brom captain Jonny Evans for Sunderland.

In his second autobiography, The Second Half, Keane explained exactly why he sought after Evans.

"Jonny was a centre-half. He had the qualities of a Manchester United player, and he was bringing them to Sunderland," penned Keane. "For such a young man – he was nineteen – he was very mature, and a born leader.

"Jonny was unbelievable for us. He lived with his mam and dad in Sale, near my home, so I picked him up there and brought him up to see the set-up at Sunderland.

"I knew I was on a winner; I knew him, and I knew what he was about. I remembered an incident when I was still at United; there'd been a fight in the canteen and Jonny had looked after himself well – I think he knocked the other lad out. I knew Jonny was tough."

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