Manchester United’s Phil Jones linked with Stoke City transfer

by Tanveer Arayan

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has refused to rule out a potential bid for Phil Jones this summer, according to reports.

The 24-year-old hasn’t featured for Manchester United since January, and is evidently near the bottom of Jose Mourinho’s defensive pecking order after being left out of his last three match-day squads.

Hughes reportedly asked a journalist whether the defender was in attendance for Stoke’s 4-1 defeat at home to Manchester City last Saturday.

When asked about the possibility of bringing in Jones before the window closes, the Welshman refused to give a straight answer.

Jones has been a peripheral figure at Old Trafford for some time now. The defender, mired by injury woes (as has so often been the case throughout his career), only managed 10 appearances last season, and has failed to piece together a decent run of games in the last two years.

With Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind all cementing themselves as indispensable members of Man United’s defensive spine, it seems unlikely supporters will see much of Jones this year.

On his day, Jones can be an indomitable force of nature. His fearless, dedicated approach led to Sir Alex Ferguson labelling him as a future United captain, with many others showering the defender with similar accolades. However, persistent injury woes have led to Jones failing to realise his full potential, and a move away from Old Trafford might be what he needs to kickstart his career.

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