At 35 years old, Jonny Evans has this physical status:
Evans was scouted while playing for Greenisland F.C., the same club that his brother Corry and Craig Cathcart competed for before heading to Manchester United. He was invited to the Manchester United Centre of Excellence in Belfast at the age of nine before being invited for a trial in Manchester a year later. At the time, rule changes within the Football Association meant that clubs were restricted to players who lived within 90 minutes of the club's commute, so Evans' opportunities were restricted. Evans' family was subsequently relocated to Manchester, allowing him to train fully with Manchester United. He progressed through Manchester United's academy, playing in two of the club's three games, as well as domestic friendlies against Celtic and Preston North End during the 2006 summer tour of South Africa. In addition, Evans made a surprise appearance in the Amsterdam Tournament against Ajax. He spent the first half of the 2006–07 season on loan at Manchester United's Belgian feeder club Royal Antwerp, alongside Darron Gibson, Danny Simpson, and Fraizer Campbell.
Evans decided to join Sunderland on loan until the end of the 2006–07 season, with Manchester United and Antwerp teammate Danny Simpson joining the club on a similar agreement in January. Evans was instrumental in Sunderland's clinch of the Football League Championships, with Evans winning the club's "Youth Player of the Year" award at the end of the season. Although coach Roy Keane was hopeful of re-signing Evans on loan following the move to the Premier League in June 2007, it was confirmed that Evans would remain at Manchester United to press for a spot in the first team.
Evans resurfaced Sunderland on loan for the second time and was immediately accepted into the first team squad on January 4th. In his first game, Evans played the full 90 minutes, losing 3–0 to Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup. Evans was chastised for giving Wigan the second goal of the game, but he lost the ball on the edge of his own box, resulting in a deflected own goal by Paul McShane. Sunderland's half-season was fruitful, but the team escaped relegation.
Evans made his Manchester United debut against Coventry City in the Football League Cup on September 26, 2007, which ended in a 2–0 loss. He then appeared as a late replacement for Gerard Piqué in a UEFA Champions League match against Dynamo Kyiv on November 7th, 2007 to guarantee Manchester United's qualification to the knockout stage of the tournament. He made his first Champions League appearance against Roma on December 12, 2007.
Evans made his league debut against Chelsea against Chelsea on September 21, 2008, filling in for Nemanja Vidi, who had been unable due to suspension. The game was 1–1. Evans appeared on two substitute appearances for Manchester United at the FIFA Club World Cup in December 2008, two in the final after Nemanja Vidii was dismissed shortly after half time. Evans continued to deputise through the remainder of the season, appearing in a number of league games and in the League Cup final.
Evans became a regular fixture in the United team's 2011-2011 football season, collaborating Nemanja Vidi in the center of defense in the absence of the injured Rio Ferdinand. Evans injured Bolton Wanderers and State international Stuart Holden in a tackle that left Holden out for six months and forced him to be sidelined for 22 months. Despite Evans being sent a straight red card for the tackle, Manchester United defeated the game 1–0 thanks to a Dimitar Berbatov goal.
After Wes Brown was transferred to Sunderland before the 2011-12 season, Evans was given the number 6 shirt. For the first time in United's opening day 2–1 victory over West Bromwich Albion, he wore his new shirt number for the first time in the 52nd minute at The Hawthorns. After losing 6–1 to Manchester City and taking down Mario Balotelli in a last-man challenge, he was dismissed. Evans made his 100th appearance for the Red Devils on November 30th, playing the full 120 minutes as United lost 2–1 to Championship side Crystal Palace in the League Cup quarterfinals. He scored his first goal for United in the 5–0 league victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on March 18, 2012. Evans missed the final three games of the season due to a foot injury.
Evans was unable to begin pre-season training until early August after suffering a leg injury in last season, but there was rumors that he might be playing Manchester United's second match against Fulham. In a 3–0 home win over Newcastle United on October 7, Evans scored his second goal for the club, thumping home a header from a Robin van Persie corner kick. Evans scored his first goal in the UEFA Champions League and first at Old Trafford on October 23nd, a 3–2 victory over Braga. He scored the equalizing goal at 2:2, scrambling home from a corner kick. In a 3–1 victory over Evans, he scored his third goal of the season, as he equalized Kings Park Rangers from a corner. Evans signed a new deal with United on December 21, 2012, which will keep him at the club until June 2016. On Boxing Day, Evans scored his third league goal of the season and fourth overall, as well as their fourth overall victory over Newcastle United. After Javier Hernández's shot was saved by Tim Krul, Javier Hernández's goal was rescued by Tim Krul, he scored his third league goal of the season and fourth overall.
Evans was charged by the FA with having a spat with opposing striker Papiss Cissé during a match against Newcastle in March 2015. He denied the accusation and said, "I would like to make it clear that I did not spit at Papiss Cisse." I am shocked to have seen the media coverage from last night's match having awakened this morning. However, he was suspended for six games on March 7, but Papis Cissés seven for seven.
Evans was signed by West Bromwich Albion in Premier League for an undisclosed fee on August 29, 2015. In a 0–0 draw against Southampton on September 12, he made his club debut against Southampton on September 12, 2015. In a 2–1 win over Stoke City on January 2, 2016, Evans scored his first West Brom goal. Evans received the Players'Player of the Season award from West Bromwich Albion on his first season with the club on May 15th.
He had to wait a long time for his next goal, which came as a result of a 3–1 victory over Watford on December 3rd. In a 2–1 loss against Swansea in the season's last game, he will play again.
Evans was named permanent captain by head coach Tony Pulis in July 2017, following the departure of club skipper Darren Fletcher to Stoke City. In a 2–2 draw against Watford on September 30, he scored his first goal of the season, a similar header to the one he scored ten months earlier against the same opponent. On January 13, 2018, his second goal of the season was against Brighton at home, resulting in his team's first league victory in less than five months and 20 games.
Evans was released from deferral clause in his West Bromwich Albion contract for £3.5 million in June 2018. He has been on a three-year deal. In a 2–0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on August 18, he made his Leicester debut. In a 4-1 loss to Crystal Palace on February 23, he scored his first goal for the team.
Evans made his 400th appearance in English football on July 12, 2020, scoring an own goal in a 1–4 loss away to AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League.
Following the departure of former captain Kasper Schmeichel, Evans was named captain for the 2022–23 season.
Despite not having made his senior debut for Manchester United, Evans was called up to the Northern Ireland squad for the first time in September 2006, making his debut in the thrilling 3–2 victory over Spain. Evans has since been in the squad and has made over 60 appearances. Evans scored his first international goal in a 3–2 victory over Poland in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, volleyed home from close range on March 28.
Evans was selected by national team manager Michael O'Neill in Northern Ireland's final 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016. This was the first time Northern Ireland had been involved in the finals of the tournament and the first major tournament since the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The team eventually advanced to the last 16 after being knocked out by Wales in a 1–0 loss. Evans appeared in all four games that Northern Ireland hosted in the tournament.
His second international goal came eight years after the first one was scored against the Czech Republic on September 4, 2017. The game ended with a 2–0 win for his team and a solid showing in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. Northern Ireland qualified for the first time in 32 years, with the best chance of returning to the sport in the playoff stage. However, Evans' teenage brother Corry handled the ball and booked him for the second leg, where the ball had clearly struck Corry's shoulder, and they missed the second leg. Michael O'Neill, the manager of Northern Ireland, said it was the worst decision he had ever seen in a game he had been involved in. The game came as a 1–0 loss to them and a goalless draw in the second leg three days later, effectively ending their participation in the competition. In the injury time where his header had already defeated Switzerlandktionkeeper Yann Sommer, Evans nearly equalized the aggregate score, but Rizco Rodriguez had to be cleared off the field, despite defender Ricardo Rodriguez's conversion of that controversial goal in the first leg.
In Northern Ireland's second game of the qualification phase for UEFA Euro 2020, Evans scored his third goal at a senior international level when he opened the scoring against Belarus. He played his 100th match for Northern Ireland against Greece on September 27, 2022, during the Nations League match against Greece.