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Man United outcast Phil Jones offered career lifeline at EFL side Fulham

The 29-year-old hasn’t kicked a ball at senior level since January 2020 but he could be on the move out of Old Trafford before Tuesday’s transfer deadline

Mirror Football in focus: Phil Jones signs new deal at Manchester United

Manchester United’s forgotten man Phil Jones is wanted by Championship side Fulham.

The 29-year-old defender has endured a rotten time in recent years, having been plagued by injuries and has hardly featured at first-team level.

Jones is working his way back to full fitness after more than a year out with a knee injury.

His last senior appearance for United came way back in January 2020, in a 6-1 FA Cup win over Tranmere Rovers where he even got on the scoresheet.

That was before the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and when terms like ‘social distancing’ were not even in our lexicon.



Phil Jones’ last game for Manchester United was way back in January 2020




However, a report now claims that Marco Silva’s side are exploring the possibility of signing Jones on a loan deal before the summer transfer window closes on Tuesday night.

Fulham were relegated from the Premier League last season but have made a fine start as they bid for an immediate return.

Silva’s side are unbeaten and joint-top of the division. The addition of a top flight title winner in Jones (he has a winner’s medal from the 2012-13 season) would appeal to the Cottagers but there are obvious question marks over his fitness.



Marco Silva, manager of Fulham




And those issues are likely to be heavily challenged in the Championship, a relentless division with games coming thick and fast.

This year marks a decade at Old Trafford for Jones, after arriving from Blackburn Rovers in 2011. His current contract runs until 2023.

Earlier this week former United defender Rio Ferdinand slammed his ex-teammate for staying at the club.

“I think he should’ve gone ages ago. He should’ve gone before Chris Smalling went. Find a new club and play some football,” Ferdinand told Vibe with FIVE.







“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.

“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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