Rio Ferdinand believes that Phil Jones should have left the club long ago after being riddled with injuries. He believes that Jones should have left Manchester United before Chris Smalling and hopes his former teammate can find a new club. The England defender has endured a torrid time at the club after joining Blackburn back in 2011. His last game for the club was in January 2020. He made his first appearance in 19 months in a friendly last week.

“He’s taking up a youth team player’s position in that squad right now,” Rio Ferdinand said about Phil Jones. “He’s had too many injuries… I was in the same team as Phil Jones, he came from Blackburn as a young kid, everyone was saying he was going to be this great player.”

“Huge potential but injuries have absolutely annihilated his career and then confidence issues at certain times as well,” he added. “He’s never been able to fully establish himself in the team. Whether it’s injuries, lack of form, lack of confidence. I think he should’ve gone ages ago. He should’ve gone before Chris Smalling went. Find a new club and play some football.”

“I am baffled at how he’s still been given a new deal at the club given his past few years at the club. It just doesn’t make sense to me how you get a new deal.” he continued. “I remember back in the day you’d have to do some absolute graft to get a new deal. You’d have to be putting in performances, you’d have to be a vital member of the team. Phil Jones isn’t that.”

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