Jonny Evans says he left Manchester United at the right time and has labelled Louis van Gaal a “fantastic coach”.
The Northern Ireland defender says he feels fortunate to have worked with the Dutchman before he was sold to West Brom last summer for £6million.
Evans, 28, came through the ranks at Old Trafford and made 179 appearances, winning three Premier League titles before eventually deciding it was time to move on.
It was Van Gaal who offloaded the centre-back for a bargain price to the Baggies, but Evans says there is no bad blood between the pair.
“Louis van Gaal is a fantastic coach and there is a lot of stuff I really liked under him,” Evans told The Independent.
“I feel fortunate I have had the chance to work with him because I do think that myself, and every other player there, will have learned something from him.”
Evans acknowledges he was not achieving the high standards expected of a Manchester United player and those he expects of himself.
“Even though I wasn’t playing, I appreciated the stuff he was doing and I think he gave me a fair crack of the whip.
“Whenever I had the chance to play, I didn’t perform to my best and I didn’t believe that my performances warranted me getting back in the team. I can be honest about that. I can look at myself and analyse my performances.
“I don’t think it was a case of not believing in my ability, that I couldn’t reach those performances I needed to, but if I am honest about that time, maybe I didn’t.
“But I don’t have any regrets about leaving when I did. I am fortunate that I have gone now instead of maybe two to three years down the line. It was the right time for me to go and I am enjoying myself.”