Tony Pulis has revealed that former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson recommended that he sign Jonny Evans. The central defender left Old Trafford and completed a move to West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee on 29 August.
The Northern Irishman had fallen down Louis van Gaal's pecking order at United. He was behind Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Paddy McNair. The Dutchman fielded Daley Blind in the centre-back position this season.
Lack of playing time at Old Trafford and poor form forced the 20-time English champions to allow Evans to leave the club. He was their second longest serving player in the squad behind captain Wayne Rooney.
The former Crystal Palace manager remains hopeful that Evans can return to top form once he starts playing regular football at West Brom. The defender now joins former United players Darren Fletcher, James Chester and Ben Foster at the Hawthorns.
"I spoke to Sir Alex. Obviously we have got Fletch and (James) Chester was there with him as well. There are a lot of people who have given him a really good mention," Pulis said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
"He needs to play. He needs to be at a football club where he is going to be a regular and a mainstay. He hasn't had that yet."
Fletcher believes injuries stopped his progress at United in 2014/15 season. The Baggies captain also echoed his manager's comments and believes Evans can be a top player if he gets regular playing time.
"He's a fantastic player and a great leader. He's had a few injuries in the last year which maybe stunted his progress, but if he gets a run of games you are going to see a top-class player," the former United midfielder said about Evans.
Meanwhile, Evans is looking forward to help West Brom climb up the table. He also admitted to having held talks with former United players before joining Pulis's side.
"I hope to push the Albion up the League. It's a new, fresh challenge for me. One I'm looking forward to. I know a few of the lads already and I spoke to a couple, who highy recommended the club," Evans told West Brom's official website.