For some time now, England international Phil Joes has felt like a player to be maligned. Inconsistency has long been a part of his game, but with over 200 appearances for Manchester United at the age of 26, it’s fair to say that he is doing something right. Signing eight years in 2011, the England international has been a regular choice for managers including Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho – and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Englishman has now signed a new deal to extend his stay to United far past the decade, with his new deal lasting until 2023. Speaking about the new deal was the interim United coach, who said: “Phil has won the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League and is now one of the senior players,
“He is coming up to his 27th birthday and entering into his prime years as a centre-half.”
Jones himself was delighted with the move, saying: “I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead of us as we prepare for a very busy period in the season,” said Jones.
“I would like to thank Ole and the coaching staff for their continued support in my development.”
Despite having errors in his game, Jones has played a huge amount of football for one so young. Experience is only going to continue to come, with the impressive performances put in by Jones since the Norwegian took over showing that there is much more to come from him than many would have expected.
Despite often being seen as a mild joke figure by some fans, Jones has proven to more than one coach that he deserves to be at United.