Phil Jones has told MUTV that he could have joined a whole host of Premier League sides in the summer of 2011 before Manchester United landed the defender from Blackburn Rovers – including Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton.
Premier League winner Jones, 28, is very much on the fringes of Manchester United’s squad at the moment – with the England international having been used just two times in the Premier League this season by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Jones has clocked up a whopping 224 appearances for Manchester United since his £16million (Guardian) move to Old Trafford. Not only has he won the Premier League, but he has also held aloft the Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup.
However, it could have been very different. That is because Jones has told MUTV that he could have joined Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea – before opting to join Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
I had offers from other clubs. I could have gone to a host of clubs: [Manchester] City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton,” Jones said.
“He [Ferguson] was the last person I’d spoke to and I remember walking back out with my agent and saying: ‘I want to sign for Man United.’ That was it. We hadn’t even discussed any personal terms, but I knew that was the club I wanted to sign for.
TBR’s view – What does future have in store for Jones?
Though he has been a solid servant for United and indeed England on occasion, it is clear Jones has little future at United given he has managed just 135 minutes in the top tier of England.
So, what next for Jones – given Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Axel Tuanzebe are ahead in the pecking order? The most likely next move is to a Premier League side in mid-table – Newcastle and West Ham have been linked.