Phil Jones has signed a four-year new contract at Manchester United, which will keep him at the club until June 2023, with the option to extend for a further year.
Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given Jones a number of opportunities at centre-back since replacing José Mourinho a month ago, and to be brutally honest he hasn’t filled us with much confidence.
While Victor Lindelof had his best month at the club after becoming more assertive at the back, Jones has continuously proved to be an inadequate partner.
Speaking about his new deal, Jones told the official Manchester United website: “I am delighted to have signed a new contract. Manchester United has been a big part of my life for eight years and I love everything about this club.
“I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead of us as we prepared for a very busy period in the season. I would like to thank Ole and the coaching staff for their continued support in my development.”
Expectations were high for Jones when he joined United from Blackburn in 2011.
He was expected to be a future first-team regular, alongside Chris Smalling who joined from Fulham the previous year, but it hasn’t quite worked out for both defenders.
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Solskjaer believes Jones is entering the prime years of his career.
“Phil knows what it takes to be a Manchester United player, he has won the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League and is now one of the senior players within the team.
“He is coming up to his 27th birthday and entering into his prime years as a centre-half. We are delighted Phil has committed his future to the club.”
We’ll take your word for it, Ole, but can’t say we’re convinced.