You’re a waste of time, leave Old Trafford now – Rio Ferdinand blasts Man United star
Former Manchester United star, Rio Ferdinand, has told the club’s forgotten defender, Phil Jones to find another club.
Ferdinand believes the England defender is now a waste of time at Old Trafford and should have left Manchester United ‘ages ago’.
He blasted the player for blocking a Manchester United academy player from being part of the first team.
After being sidelined with a knee injury for over 18 months, Jones made his comeback in United’s behind-closed-doors friendly against Burnley last week.
He participated in United pre-season training this summer and is targeting a return to the first team.
“He’s taking up a youth team player’s position in that squad right now,” Ferdinand told Vibe with FIVE.
“He’s had too many injuries… I was in the same team as Phil Jones, he came from Blackburn as a young kid, everyone was saying he was going to be this great player.
“Huge potential but injuries have absolutely annihilated his career and then confidence issues at certain times as well.
“He’s never been able to fully establish himself in the team. Whether it’s injuries, lack of form, lack of confidence.
“I think he should’ve gone ages ago. He should’ve gone before Chris Smalling went. Find a new club and play some football.
“He’s lacked consistency throughout his career at Man United. That’s a fact, for all the reasons I stated before.
“I am baffled at how he’s still been given a new deal at the club given his past few years at the club. It just doesn’t make sense to me how you get a new deal.
“He’s done well. Listen, good luck to him if you can get it. Staying at Man United is a great gig, but I look at him as a person, are you really going to be happy sitting there all these years.
“There are players who are happy to just sit and not play, just chill. Winston Bogarde did it at Chelsea for about three or four years. Signed a big deal and commuted in from Holland.
“If I was in the squad with someone like that I wouldn’t talk to them. They are a waste of time, why would I chat to you and give you any energy, taking that away from my other teammates who are here to play and go into battle for 90 minutes every week.”