Jones gets a deserved boost

Tuesday 21 September 2021 19:00

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Phil Jones for speaking so openly about mental health and confirmed the defender is in our squad to face West Ham United on Wednesday night.

Jones has not made a competitive first-team appearance since scoring against Tranmere Rovers in January 2020, because of a persistent knee injury that eventually required surgery and long-term rehabilitation. 

However, thanks to his diligent work at Carrington, some behind-closed-doors matches with the seniors and several Under-23 appearances, Phil is thankfully making progress with his fitness.  

In a preview of his upcoming UTD Podcast that was published at the weekend, Jones bravely revealed all about the tremendous mental and physical challenges that he has been forced to overcome, not only as a proud United player but also at home as a loving family man.

Watch what Phil had to say in the emotional video below.
Jones opens up about his fight against injury Video

Jones opens up about his fight against injury

Phil Jones talks about his lengthy lay-off during his UTD Podcast appearance...

Solskjaer knows all about career-threatening knee injuries, of course, and the manager has consistently supported Jones in the fight to represent his beloved United once again.

In our exclusive interview to preview the Carabao Cup tie against West Ham, Ole speaks with pride about Phil’s recent comments and happily confirms the 29-year-old is in his latest squad.

“I’m so happy for Phil,” he says. “He has completed two 90 minutes for the Under-23s, played some minutes behind closed doors and he’s got no reaction on his knee. He’s been working really hard. 
“I’ve been part of that myself and had the best part of three years, or at least more than two out of three years, and I know what challenges he’s been through, mentally, thinking ‘will I ever play football again or even be able to walk again and be able to play with the kids in the garden’. 

“He’s been so diligent and so professional; no frills, no social media and I’m old school. I like players like that. He just focuses on one thing and gets his head around the challenges and he’s back. He will be in the squad. It’s a good day for him and for us, and it’s something that he has earned.”

Read our full matchday Q&A with Solskjaer from 10:00 BST.

Line-ups for United v West Ham will be announced at 18:45 BST.