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Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag ‘kicks Phil Jones and four other players out of the Club’s training ground’

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Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag ‘kicks Phil Jones and four other players out of the Club’s training ground’

According to reports,  Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has expelled injury-prone defender Phil Jones from the club’s training facility dressing room.

Jones has been relegated to the under-21s’ dressing area at the Carrington training base due to the Red Devils’ dazzling collection of summer signings.

The locker area is only designed for 24 players, leaving no room for Jones and four other United stars.

In his first transfer window as Red Devils manager, Ten Hag added six players: Antony, Casemiro, Martin Dubravka, Christian Eriksen, Tyrell Malacia, and Lisandro Martinez.

Jones has been released to make room for the club’s most recent acquisitions.

Young men Brandon Williams, Teden Mengi, Axel Tuanzebe, and Shola Shoretire have joined him. Five players have been reassigned to the club’s U21 squad.

According to the Sun, the group of five players has been replaced by the club’s new additions. It is the latest setback for Jones, who has appeared in only 13 games over the past four seasons.

The 30-year-old made his most recent debut in an Old Trafford Premier League loss to Wolves early in Ralf Rangnick’s disastrous tenure as temporary head coach.

He received a standing ovation from the home crowd because he was one of the few players that stood out that evening.

In recent years, multiple defensive additions have pushed Jones down the pecking order, as several managers have favored other players.

Martinez was the most recent central defender to be signed by the Red Devils, arriving from Ajax for approximately £43 million.

Jones disclosed in April that he ‘felt like a footballer again’ after his rare appearance against Wolves, despite the loss.

However, the new setback will force the long-serving former Blackburn player to depart. There is still one year left on his deal.

Asked by the Guardian how it felt to be playing last winter, Jones said: “Brilliant. It was emotional because it was the first time my girls could watch me. They were too young when I went through all my problems [with injury and being trolled on social media] to really understand what Daddy does for a living. 

“They thought I kicked a ball in the park with my mates. So for them to be there with my wife, and to see me playing, made it a great occasion.”

Jones said he believes he is still good enough to play at the highest level, adding: “I’m still only 30 and I’ve missed a lot of football. I’m hoping to recapture some form and enjoy playing football. When I was out injured it was a difficult time but I’ll never give up. 

“I feel like I’m still good enough and I’ve got a lot to give. So I’m hopeful. I’m ready to play again.”

Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag ‘kicks Phil Jones and four other players out of the Club’s training ground’



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