Staggering amount Phil Jones has cost Man Utd since joining revealed
PHIL JONES has reportedly earned £42.1million in salary since joining Manchester United in 2011.
The Old Trafford forgotten man has not made an appearance this season as he battles yet another injury.
Jones, a former stalwart in the United team, has been dogged by physical issues in recent seasons.
In fact, he has only been able to play 21 games in the last four years.
The Red Devils surprisingly handed him a new four-and-a-half year deal in February 2019 – believed to be worth 110,000-a-week.
With the contract finally set to expire at the end of this season, the Express claim that Jones has cost United £28.5m since 2018.
Jones, 31, initially joined United from Blackburn in a £16m deal back in 2011.
He’s claimed to have been earning £59k a week during his first four years at the Theatre of Dreams, before penning a new £74k deal in 2015 and moving up to £110k three years later.
Jones showed plenty of promise in his early Old Trafford years, helping them to Premier League glory in 2013 and being labelled a future England captain by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Frequent injuries began to hamper his progress, however, with Jones having reached more than 20 Prem appearances in a season just once since the 2014-15 campaign.
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In total he has played 229 times for United, although he hasn’t featured at all this season.
He made five appearances under Ralf Rangnick last term, having missed the entire 2020-21 campaign.
Jones recently spoke to Sky Sports while attending Man United’s Carabao Cup Wembley triumph over Newcastle United.
He said: “It’s been a long road, there’s no hiding from that – at times physically and mentally.
“I’m a strong character and I love playing football. I’m doing everything I can to get back on the pitch.
“When you’ve had all the issues and injury wise, it’s hard to deal with that.
“The club have been absolutely fantastic with me. I think I’ve had good support around me from family and friends.
“I’m grateful for that and I want to be back outside.”