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Phil Jones: We need to appreciate Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney before they leave

by Leo Nieboer

Phil Jones has insisted that the current Manchester United squad needs to appreciate the presence of Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick before they hang up their boots at Old Trafford.

Rooney, who equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record last weekend, has only made 14 Premier League appearances so far this season.

Carrick has proven to be a fundamental aspect of Jose Mourinho‘s set-up this season, but his contract expires at the end of the season.

And Jones, speaking to ManUtd.com, made it clear that younger players should not take the pair for granted.

“We’ve got to appreciate him while he’s here now,” he said.

“He’s a fantastic player for what he’s done for club and country, and for football in general. Everyone looks up to him. He’s a world-class player and he will go down in history.

“Those two are so influential in the dressing room. We take them for granted now that they are here. But when they are not here anymore in the years to come we will look back and say ‘we could do with them now.’ So we need to appreciate them now.”

United’s current squad contains just seven players that thrived under Sir Alex Ferguson, with Rooney and Carrick the only members left from the Champions League winning side of 2008.

Their presence under Mourinho serves as the only true link between this current side and the Fergie era in its full bloom. That engrained serial winning mentality imposed by Sir Alex continues to live on – albeit on a limited scale – through Carrick and Rooney, and such an influence is decidedly vital when it comes to fulfilling Mourinho’s desire to win with style at Old Trafford.

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