There are not many members of the current Manchester United squad that have won the Premier League in the past with the club. David de Gea and Phil Jones were both involved in the most recent win in 2013, whilst Michael Carrick has moved into coaching under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Cristiano Ronaldo is back with the side and so are his three medals, the latest one coming in 2009. Nemanja Matic also has two medals to his name but both were won with Chelsea in 2015 and 2017 respectively.
29-year-old defender Jones has endured a nightmare couple of years at the club, last featuring for the first team in early 2020. He has, however, made a return from a gruesome knee injury and was named on the bench for United’s Carabao Cup loss to West Ham last month.
The former Blackburn star has now recalled the moment he won the Premier League crown in 2013, the club’s 13th in the current setup and 20th overall.
“Special, very special,” Jones is quoted as saying by the official Manchester United website when quizzed on what winning the Premier League means.
“I go back to it, as a kid, if you’d have told me I’d win the Premier League with Man United… There’s some things I get, a lot of players win the Premier League these days, but there’s so many players that were good players who will never come close to winning the Premier League. And to win the Premier League, to have that on your CV [is huge].”
After making heavy investments to the squad over the summer, Manchester United will be hoping to make a sustained challenge for the crown this season after finishing second last season.
The additions of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, and Cristiano Ronaldo will bolster Solskjaer’s options as he looks to guide his side to a 21st triumph.