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Sunderland admit defeat in pursuit of Man Utd's Evans

The 20 year old Northern Ireland international had impressed Keane during a spell on loan at the Stadium of Light last season.

Even a proposed £10million offer was not enough to tempt boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

"My mindset was always that Jonny was going to go back to United," said Keane.

"When United sold Pique we were pretty sure they would hold on to Jonny."

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