INJURY PRONE Phil Jones has been kicked out of Manchester United’s training ground dressing room – to make space for Erik ten Hag’s new signings.
The first team changing room at United’s AON training Centre at Carrington is only meant for a maximum 24 players and is bursting to capacity after Ten Hag’s summer spending spree.
And that’s left stars like Jones and third choice left back Brandon Williams, on loan at Norwich last season, being shunted down the corridor to the Under-23 changing room.
Joining them are believed to be defenders Teden Mengi and Alex Tuanzebe as well as promising midfielder Shola Shoretire.
The arrival of Real Madrid’s Brazilian midfielder Casemireo, Ajax winger Antony, Argentinian defender Lisandro Martinez, left back Tyrell Malacia and back-up keeper Martin Dubravka has squeezed space at Carrington.
The 30-year-old former England defender has played only 13 games in four seasons and his last appearance came in January in a 1-0 defeat by Wolves – his first match in two years.
United fans are astonished the former Blackburn defender is even still at Old Trafford after the transfer window closed on Thursday.
But it’s believed Jones, in the final year of his contract, is nursing another injury and was unable to be sold in the latest window.
United have given up on recovering a fee for the defender who was once described by Sir Bobby Charlton as reminding him of the great Duncan Edwards.
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Former England boss Fabio Capello also lauded Jones, comparing him to legendary Italian defender Franco Baresi.
And Sir Alex Ferguson once predicted he could become United;s best-ever player.
Injuries prevented Jones fulfilling his promise and he’s now marking time with United hoping they can off-load him in January.