Phil Jones passed fit to play for Manchester United’s U21s

by Sam Peoples

Phil Jones is set to make his comeback for Manchester United’s U21s side next week against Chelsea at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old has been sidelined since early January after he limped off with an ankle injury during the 2-1 win over Swansea City in the Premier League.

He also featured against Norwich City for the U21s in February but was withdrawn during the 7-0 victory.

Now, van Gaal insists he is closing in on full-fitness. “Phil Jones is fit to play in the second team,” he said.

Jones’ career is starting to look like Groundhog Day. He comes back from injury, everybody starts talking about his potential again, sometimes he puts in a good performance but then he gets another injury and disappears for a few weeks or months again.

We can’t really talk about his potential any more because he is 24, so Jones has really got to look on the rest of this season as a potential make-or-break moment in his United career.

If he puts in an excellent few performances between now and the end of the season, then he’ll be afforded some more time and patience from both United’s board and the fans. However, if he does what we expect him to do and gets injured again, then it might well be time for him to be let go and some new defensive blood to come in.

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