Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has been given a golden opportunity to finally end Phil Jones’ time at the club this summer.
According to The Daily Star, former United striker, and club legend Wayne Rooney is interested in signing the out-of-favour centre-back for his DC United side.
Rooney recently took charge of the MLS outfit after quitting his job at Derby County and wants to reunite with his former teammate stateside.
A move would end Jones’ 11-year career at Old Trafford, and with the pair good friends, it could likely happen.
The 30-year-old joined the Red Devils back in 2011 in a £16m deal from Blackburn Rovers. Whilst he had a promising start to his United career, the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson saw a massive drop-off.
Once touted as having the potential to be the club’s “best ever player” by the legendary Scotsman, things only went from bad to worse for Jones.
He has suffered a lot of criticism from United supporters since, and whilst a lot of that has been justified due to his below-par performances, he has shown desire and pride whilst wearing the shirt which is something the club has lacked lately.
After making just six Premier League appearances over the last three seasons, the writing has been on the wall for Jones for a long time and it’s best for everyone if he moves somewhere where he will be given regular playing time.
However, a major obstacle that could prevent the move is the high wage that the defender is on at Old Trafford. Jones earns £110k per week at Old Trafford, which is more than regular players such as Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay.
With just a year remaining on his contract, he could decide to run it down in the hope of getting a better deal when he can leave the club as a free agent.
Ultimately, though, he’s just tarnishing his United reputation by sticking around, with his former United teammate Rio Ferdinand even describing him as a “waste of time“.
Rooney is offering a quick escape to a club in a league that will help Jones prolong his career, and he should take it – while the 30-year-old’s potential move away from the club is sure to be an eventuality that will leave the Old Trafford faithful buzzing.