Phil Jones has been suffering from an injury this season, but has not featured for the Red Devils since January 2020 and was very much outcast during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time as boss
Michael Carrick has seemingly reversed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to entirely freeze-out Phil Jones by bringing the Manchester United centre-back in from the cold.
Jones has been suffering from an injury this season, but has not featured for the Red Devils since January 2020 and was very much outcast during Solskjaer’s time as boss.
So much so in fact that Jones was even left out of United’s Champions League squad entirely this season.
Since Solskjaer was sacked and Carrick has taken temporary charge, Jones travelled with the Red Devils to Spain for the Champions League win over Villarreal.
He was still ineligible to play for United but was with the team nonetheless.
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Jones has also been included in this Sunday’s United matchday squad to take on Chelsea, suggesting there is a way back for him.
The former Blackburn centre-back, who was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson, has been playing with the United Under-23s while working his way back to full fitness.
He will likely start on the bench this weekend, despite captain Harry Maguire missing the match through suspension and Raphael Varane being ruled out injured.
Carrick is expected to play Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof at the back, but could turn to Jones should United suffer another injury.
Carrick is currently sweating over Fred’s fitness after he travelled with the United squad to London but remains an injury doubt.
The temporary Man United boss said of the Brazilian: “Fred twisted his ankle the other night, he managed to carry on, which was pretty incredible, to be honest, seeing the game out and playing a big part in winning the game for us.
“We’ll have to see how that settles down.”