Manchester United do not count on Phil Jones despite defensive injury crisis
Manchester United star Phil Jones is not viewed as a defensive option by the Red Devils despite the ongoing injury crisis, according to The Athletic (Subscription Required) [h/t Manchester Evening News].
At the moment, the English national is not registered to feature in the Premier League for the Old Trafford side. The centre-back is way down the pecking order at the Manchester-based club.
The 31-year-old picked up an injury during pre-season. Since then, the defender has been unable to get back into Erik ten Hag’s plans.
Jones has not played a single minute of football for United since the appointment of Erik ten Hag. The centre-back’s current contract with the Red Devils is set to expire at the end of the campaign.
This season, the Dutch manager has counted on Raphael Vaarane and Lisandro Martinez in his defence. The two have formed a solid partnership at the Old Trafford side.
However, the French national and the former Ajax Amsterdam star picked up injuries during the Europa League first-leg tie against Sevilla. The Argentine is set to miss the rest of the campaign.
As a result, in our previous match against Nottingham Forest, Ten Hag had to rely on the partnership of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof. The two have lost their influence in the team since the Dutch manager’s appointment in United’s dugout.
However, the two did well in the 2-0 win over Steve Cooper’s team and showcased the vast experience they have. But the Red Devils were also missing Tyrell Malacia and Luke Shaw versus the City Ground side.
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Jones has struggled with injuries over the years and has hardly been given first-team action. The English national’s time at the Old Trafford side is seemingly coming to an end and one cannot fault Ten Hag for not counting on the centre-back.