Who knew Phil Jones was such a popular guy?
If you believe what is being reported by The Sun, it turns out the Manchester United outcast is being watched by a whopping thirteen clubs — despite not playing a competitive match for the first-team in over two years.
Injuries took Jones’ career off track and it sounds like he is finally approaching full fitness again, which has seemingly sparked significant interest from a number of football clubs.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have a decision to make, however, if United’s injuries worsen in defence.
Raphael Varane is the big name out at the moment but Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw haven’t looked fit since the season began, with Victor Lindelof also in the treatment room up until recently.
The Sun claims Watford and Newcastle are keen on signing Jones in January on loan — with the other clubs coming from the Championship.
Could be link up with former team-mate Wayne Rooney at Derby County or will Jones fight to stay in the top flight by joining one of the relegation contenders?
The report adds that Jones has two years left on a £130,000-a-week contract.
Jones is not part of Solskjaer’s plans and the next manager, whoever it is, probably won’t need him either.
The board should be doing their utmost to find him a new club and it’s difficult knowing he won’t earn the same money elsewhere.
We would like nothing more than to see Jones back on the pitch with a run of games under his belt. Something that won’t happen again at United.