Jonathan Grant "Jonny" Evans is a Northern Irish footballer who plays as a defender for Manchester United and Northern Ireland national team. He progressed through Manchester United's football Academy to play in several foreign tours in the summer of 2006. In December 2006, Evans agreed to join Sunderland on loan until the end of the 2006–07 season. He helped Sunderland clinch the Football League Championship title, with Evans winning the club's "Youth Player of the Year" award at the end of the season. On 4 January 2008, Evans rejoined Sunderland on loan for the second time, playing in the first quad. Evans made his Manchester United debut on 26 September 2007 against Coventry City in the Football League Cup. Evans made his 100th appearance for the Red Devils on 30 November; he played the full 120 minutes as United lost 2–1 to Championship side Crystal Palace in the League Cup quarter final. On 23 October, Evans scored his first goal in the UEFA Champions League and first at Old Trafford in a 3-2 victory over SC Braga. On the International front, Evans was called up to the Northern Ireland squad for the first time in September 2006, making his debut in the memorable 3–2 victory over Spain.