Phil Jones has been turfed out of the Manchester United dressing room at the club’s training ground, according to reports.
The 30-year-old defender, who has played 229 times for United across competitions, is yet to make an appearance for Erik ten Hag’s side this term.
But there is only space for 24 players in the first-team dressing room at Carrington, and The Sun are reporting that Jones, along with Brandon Williams and Alex Tuanzebe, have been told to move to the U23s’ dressing room instead.
This is to make room for new signings such as Casemiro, Antony, Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia and Martin Dubravka.
Jones has a year left on his current deal at United, having signed a four-year contract extension in 2019.
Earlier this summer he was linked with a move to Major League Soccer side DC United, who are managed by United legend Wayne Rooney.
Jones had the chance to join French side Bordeaux on loan in January, but he turned down the opportunity.
Liverpool legend Graeme Souness hit out at United in July for handing Jones a new contract, which he feels sums up ‘ten years of mismanagement’ at the club.
‘The problem they have is they’re so poor in so many areas. That’s a problem for those making the decisions at the football club,’ he said.
‘If you’re a big player, do you go to Manchester United? I mean, they’ve had a decade of just poor footballing decisions.
‘It’s not just the players they’ve bought – which is the easy thing to focus on – but when you look at making decisions like giving Phil Jones a new contract, giving Juan Mata a new contract, and you think things might be different next year…
‘And then you talk about the players they’ve signed over the last decade, tell me one who’s been a stand-out, one who makes you go wow. It’s ten years of mismanagement.’
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