FORMER England international Trevor Sinclair has slammed Rio Ferdinand after he labelled Manchester United defender Phil Jones a ‘waste of time’.
The 29-year-old centre-back signed a contract extension with the Red Devils in February 2019 to keep him at the club for four more years.
Jones has been criticised by Ferdinand for still being a part of the Man Utd squadCredit: Getty
Ferdinand did not hold back in slating JonesCredit: BBC
Sinclair came to Jones’ defence and took issue with Ferdinand over his commentsCredit: The Sun But a knee injury put him out for 18 months and as a result he has not played a single competitive match for Man Utd since early 2020.
And Ferdinand laid into the ex-England international when speaking recently on his FIVE YouTube channel.
He said: “He’s taking up a youth team player’s position in that squad right now. He’s had too many injuries now.
“I am baffled at how he’s still been given a new deal given his past few years at the club. It just doesn’t make sense to me how you get a new deal.
“I remember back in the day you’d have to do some absolute graft to get a new deal. You’d have to be putting in performances, you’d have to be a vital member of the team. Phil Jones isn’t that.”
But Sinclair took umbrage to Ferdinand’s remarks as he leapt to the defence of Jones, who has been capped 27 times by England.
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Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “Of course he (Jones) is going to accept (the new contract). He probably has aspirations of getting into the first team.
“I look at Phil Jones I see a player that has been crippled with injuries over the years, all different kind of injuries as well.
“I don’t see a bad egg, I look at him, I think he looks like a good pro, he’s not going to cause lots of problems, he’s got a family, he’s got kids, he needs to try and maximise the amount of finance he earns in his career.
“Why would he turn down a contract of Mancheter United? I think the only people that need to be criticised are the people that offered him the contract because it has not worked out again.
The wages of Manchester United’s current players “For Rio to come out and criticise him and say he should leave the club and he’s holding down an academy player’s opportunity to go into the first team, I’m not happy with Rio about that, I think he stepped over the line for me.”
Jones has made 224 appearances for United since arriving for £16.5million in 2011.
His return from injury prompted United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to send Academy product Axel Tuanzebe, 23, back out on a season-long loan to Aston Villa ahead of the new campaign.
But he would still appear to be behind club captain Harry Maguire, new signing Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly in the pecking order.
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