Manchester United’s longest-serving player, Phil Jones, is set to leave the Premier League outfit after being a part of the club’s history for 12 years. Manchester United made an official announcement on their Twitter handle to announce his departure.
Jones became a part of the Red Devils squad in 2011 from Blackburn Rovers, and in the following season, he played a part in Manchester United’s PL title-winning season (2012–13), which was Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign in charge. Throughout his career, Jones has had his ups and downs, but he has been a crucial player for the club by displaying his sheer will and commitment.
In his 12 seasons with the Red Devils, the 31-year-old has made 229 appearances for the Reds and scored six goals. He was a regular in the Jose Mourinho era (2016–2018). But after that, he started to lose his place under the new managerial changes, and his injuries kept him away from the opportunities that came his way. In the past four seasons, he has made only six appearances for the Reds in the Premier League.
“I’ve worked tirelessly hard. I literally left no stone unturned. I tried to get back as quick as I could every time I was out in the last couple of years. I think the highlight for me would have to be the Wolves game [his return from injury last season], when I came back. That was just a moment that I’ll never forget. It gives me goosebumps now that I think about it. I mean, I worked so, so hard to get to that stage of fitness,” Jones concluded.
As of now, Jones has yet to reveal his next destination. As a free agent, he will look for the best option available to him as the summer transfer window approaches.