Tuesday's Transfer Gossip: Solskjaer, Jones, Smith, Hasenhuttl, Vlahovic, Saul, Maitland-Niles

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects he will still be in charge of Manchester United for their next match after the international break, at Watford. (Guardian)


  • Rio Ferdinand, six times a Premier League winner with Manchester United, has urged his old club to sack Solskjaer after a poor run of form. (YouTube, via Mirror)


  • Manchester United players and staff were surprised to be given a week off after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer flew back to Norway with his family on Monday.(Daily mail)


  • Watford and Newcastle are keen on taking Manchester United and England defender Phil Jones on loan, with a host of Championship clubs also interested in the 29-year-old. (Sun)


  • Dean Smith, sacked as Aston Villa boss at the weekend, could be handed an immediate return to football with Norwich City interested in him becoming their next manager. (Telegraph, subscription required)


  • Aston Villa will make a formal approach to Rangers to speak to Steven Gerrard this week and are determined to make him their next manager.(Daily mail)


  • Ed Woodward is in talks over taking a consultancy role at Manchester United following his departure.(Daily mail)


  • New Genoa boss Andriy Shevchenko is eyeing a move for Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic and Manchester City ace Oleksandr Zinchenko, according to reports.(Daily mail)


  • Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is also in the frame for the Norwich job, along with Southampton’s Ralph Hasenhuttl. (Sky Sports)


  • Tottenham will have to pay Fiorentina £60m to beat north London rivals Arsenal to the signing of Serbia forward Dusan Vlahovic, 21. (La Nazione, via Express)


  • Spain midfielder Saul Niguez, 26, is prepared to stay with Chelsea for the full duration of his season-long loan from Atletico Madrid, despite only playing for two minutes in the Premier League since the deal began in August. (Telegraph, subscription required)


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• Man Utd Have No Plans To Replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


• Arsenal Young Star Smith Rowe Called Up to England squad


• Monday Transfer Gossip: Lampard, De Jong, Vlahovic, Sterling, Zidane, Gerrard, Traore, Ramos


  • Arsenal and England midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 24, says he is now happy to stay at the club after trying to leave during the summer transfer window. (PA Media, via Mail)


  • Newcastle United want to sign Lazio and Albania goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha, 26, when the winter window opens. (Sun)


  • Southampton, Brighton and Brentford are all interested in Chelsea’s English midfielder Ben Elliott, 19. (Sun)


  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer headed to Norway on Monday for a short break with his family with Rio Ferdinand calling for the Manchester United manager to “hand over the baton” and leave Old Trafford.(Daily telegraph)


  • Former Chelsea technical director and ex-Nigeria international Michael Emenalo has emerged as the leading contender to become Newcastle United’s new director of football. (Telegraph, subscription required)


  • Craig Shakespeare could join Claudio Ranieri’s coaching team at Watford following his exit from Aston Villa. Shakespeare was Ranieri’s assistant at Leicester when they won the Premier League in 2016. (Football Insider)


  • Roberto Martinez is keen on taking the Aston Villa job but Steven Gerrard has emerged as the club’s leading candidate to replace Dean Smith. (The sun)


  • Manchester United’s pampered stars have a team of technicians to tune in their TVs and fix their computers when they crash.(The sun)


  • Thomas Tuchel is facing his first test of man-management at Chelsea with Saul Niguez frustrated at a lack of first-team games.(The sun)

Man Utd Have No Plans To Replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United fall behind against their city rivals during the weekend match. Despite that, Man Utd have no plans to replace manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

There is no any sign from the club that the Norwegian will lose his job.

Solskjaer is expected to be in charge for their next Premier League game against Watford.

Meanwhile, a number of United players have reservations about whether Solskjaer is the right man to turn things around at Old Trafford.

After successive home defeats to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

The squad are understood to want Solskjaer to succeed, given his status as an ex-player.

But the two recent losses have led to some players being concerned about the tactics being deployed.


Read Also: Arsenal Young Star Smith Rowe Called Up to England squad


Solskjaer, insisted after the game that he is not on borrowed time, stating:

“No, I don’t start to feel like that. I have good communication all the time with the club that’s very upfront and honest about the situation.

“I’m sure when we come back the players will be fresh in their minds from internationals.

And of course the demands on the players, on me, are going to be high.

“We’ve just got to get back to what we started to look like and what we were for a while.

We’ve got the players to do that.

“We’ve been through this a few times. Since the last game we played here [Liverpool defeat].

It’s been a very difficult period and we’ve gone away from what we used to be.

We need to be on the front foot more, I can’t look at myself and say this is the way I want Manchester United to play.”

Transfer rumours: Solskjaer, Vinicius Jr, Rangnick, Merino, Shevchenko, Wilder, Insigne

  • Manchester United have former RB Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick on their list of candidates if they sack Ole Gunner Solskjaer and the German is interested in taking over at Old Trafford. (Christian Falk, Bild Sport head of football)


  • Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes Eric Dier could be the main beneficiary from Tottenham’s new era under Antonio Conte. (Sunday mirror)


  • David Moyes fully understands why Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been casting admiring glances at Jarrod Bowen. (Sunday mirror)


  • Man City have been urged to make a January transfer swoop for Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette. (Sunday mirror)


  • Real Madrid will insert a 1bn euro release clause when they renew the contract of Brazil forward Vinicius Jr, 21, at the end of the season. (AS in Spanish)


  • Newcastle United’s move to appoint Eddie Howe as their new boss has stalled after they failed to reach an agreement with Jason Tindall to be his number two. (90 Min)


  • Gareth Southgate has questioned why Jurgen Klopp has been “having a swing” this season and insists he does not know what has warranted public criticism from the Liverpool manager.(Sunday telegraph)


  • Yorkshire are considering releasing the bombshell Azeem Rafiq racism report by Wednesday, with two more former England internationals now fearing they have been named in it.(Sunday telegraph)


  • Manchester United are reportedly one of four clubs to have rejected the chance to sign Eden Hazard as his struggles at Real Madrid continue. (The mail)


Read Also: Manchester United ‘Not At Same Level’ As Manchester City, Says Bruno Fernandes


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• Manchester United Vs Manchester City 0-2 Highlights (Watch &Download)


• Saturday’s Transfer Gossip: Rudiger, Ter Stegen, Vlahovic, Pogba, Brozovic, Coman, Bowen


  • Antonio Conte’s sensational move to take over as Tottenham manager is earning him £13m a year – the third-highest in the game.(the mail)


  • Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has been linked with going back to former club Inter Milan to sign some of their players but the Serie A club’s manager, Simone Inzaghi, says he has not thought about the rumours and “it’s too early to think about January”. (Football Italia)


  • Real Sociedad and Spain midfielder Mikel Merino, 25, is an option Liverpool are considering in order to strengthen their midfield next summer, with Borussia Dortmund’s England international Jude Bellingham, 18, appearing to be too expensive for the Reds. (Fichajes.net – in Spanish)


  • Everton manager Rafael Benitez has played down the chances of the Goodison Park club being able to embark on a spending spree in January. (Times – subscription required)


  • Former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko is set to be named as Genoa’s new manager after the Italian club sacked Davide Ballardini. (La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Mirror)


  • Former Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has agreed to take over at Middlesbrough following the departure of Neil Warnock from the club. (Teesside Live)


  • Manchester United’s Phil Jones is on the radar of an incredible 13 clubs – despite not kicking a ball in anger for the best part of two years.(sun)


  • Antonio Conte must move Heaven and Earth to sign Giorgio Chiellini and let him run the show at Tottenham, says Harry Redknapp. (Sun)


  • Juventus could make a move for Borussia Dortmund and Belgium midfielder Alex Witsel, 32, in the January transfer window. (Bild, via 90 Min)


  • Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis says it is up to Italy forward Lorenzo Insigne if he stays at the Serie A club, with the 30-year-old’s contract running out next summer. (Calciomercato)


  • Liverpool are keen to win the massive race for Dundee United wonderkid Kerr Smith. (Sun)


  • Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira wants to hijack Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s move to Italian high-fliers Napoli. (Sun)


  • Newcastle want to sign Lazio keeper Thomas Strakosha when the winter window opens.(sun)

Solskjaer Expected To Remain In Charge Of Man Utd

The Norwegian man Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to remain in charge as Manchester United manager despite their heavy defeat at the hands of Liverpool.


Solskjaer called the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool his ‘darkest day’ as Manchester United manager.

The feeling within the club is that while the result was bitterly disappointing and painful for everyone.

The immediate focus is on improving after picking up one point from their last four Premier League games.

But despite their poor results and huge external speculation.
There is no suggestion from inside the club that Solskjaer‘s job is under threat at this point.
Sky in Italy is reporting that former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been in contact with United about taking over should they decide to make a change.
However, another report understands that there has been no contact between the parties.
United are one of the few jobs Conte would be interested in if the managerial role were ever to become available.

Read Also: Tuesday’s Transfer Gossip: Zidane, Salah, Solskjaer, Nakamba, Gerrard, Chalobah, Koeman, Van de Beek

The Italian only takes roles at clubs which are set up to match his ambitions, and that would be the case at United.
The Norwegian was adamant that the club are close to achieving success after he was asked if he was still the right man to lead the team.

He said on sunday:

“We’ve come too far as a group and we’re too close to give up now.”

“I’ve heard nothing else [about a potential departure]. This is the lowest I’ve been, but as I’ve said, I accept the responsibility.

“I do believe in myself, I do believe that I am getting close to what I want with the club, I think what we’ve done, what I’ve seen, the development, of course, the results lately haven’t been good enough.

But I’ve got to keep strong and I do believe in what we’ve been doing, the coaching staff and the players.”

Solskjaer now faces the huge task of picking up his squad and staff ahead of their trip to Tottenham on Saturday Night Football.

Tuesday's Transfer Gossip: Zidane, Salah, Solskjaer, Nakamba, Gerrard, Chalobah, Koeman, Van de Beek

  • Frenchman Zinedine Zidane is not keen on the top job at Old Trafford despite being out of work after leaving Real Madrid in May. The 49-year-old has his sights set on managing either Paris St-Germain or the France national team, but neither position is available. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish


  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is fighting to save his job as Manchester United manager and the 48-year-old Norwegian had already lost the faith of a number of his squad, even before Sunday’s 5-0 defeat against Liverpool(ESPN)


  • Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, 29, wants a £500,000-a-week contract to stay with the Reds. (Football Insider)


  • Manchester United’s hierarchy are giving serious consideration to dismissing Solskjaer before their next game at Tottenham on Saturday. (Manchester Evening News)


  • Newcastle United have set their sights on signing Aston Villa and Zimbabwe midfielder Marvelous Nakamba, 27, in January. (Football Insider)


  • Former Newcastle and England Under-21 defender Ryan Taylor, 37, says the Magpies should approach Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, 41, about the managerial vacancy at St James’ Park. (Sky Sports)


  • Chelsea’s English defender Trevoh Chalobah, 22, is close to agreeing a new long-term contract after establishing himself in the first team this season. (Football.London)


  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned his players to brace themselves for a week of intense external pressure as he issued a heartfelt rallying cry to his disgraced Manchester United players following the embarrassing loss to Liverpool. (Daily mail)


Read Also: Ballon d’Or Odds: Liverpool Star Mohamed Salah Overtakes Jorginho As Third Favourite.


• Premier League Sack race: Man United Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Now Favourite At 1/4 ON To Leave Next.


• Monday’s Transfer Gossip: Marcelo, Perisic, Ten Hag, Fulgini, Rice, Diaz, Ndombele


  • Crystal Palace are likely to escape FA sanctions for the controversial banner unfurled by supporters condemning Newcastle’s new Saudi Arabian owners on Saturday. (Daily mail)


  • Barcelona’s Dutch manager Ronald Koeman, 58, will find his position in danger if his side fail to win all their next three games. (Marca)


  • Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek has decided to change his agent as he seeks to leave Manchester United this winter, with Everton, Newcastle and Juventus interested in the 24-year-old. (Metro)


  • Chelsea’s contract talks with 25-year-old Denmark centre-half Andreas Christensen have stalled amid a two-month lack of contact between both parties over a new deal. (Goal)


  • Tottenham, Aston Villa and Everton are interested in signing Stoke City and Australia defender Harry Souttar, 23. (Football Insider) 


  • Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has set his sights on the England No 1 shirt for the 2022 World Cup.(Daily mail)


  • Under-fire St Mirren chairman John Needham has been blasted by the club’s own charity partners over his offensive Rangers tweets.(Daily record)


  • Summer signings Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide are already fighting for their Celtic futures.(Daily record)


  • Leicester City have officially submitted a planning application for the expansion of the King Power Stadium – meaning they could become the 10th largest club in the Premier League if it is approved.(Daily mail)


  • Zinedine Zidane, Antonio Conte, Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers are being sounded out as successors to under-fire Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (The sun)


  • American businessman Chris Kirchner has made a £50m bid for Derby County. (The sun)


  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was clinging to his job on Monday night after Manchester United’s hierarchy held crisis talks over the manager’s future and the team’s collapse amid serious concerns about how their season is unravelling.(The daily telegraph)

Carragher's Won't Change How I Manage. Say's Solskjaer

Manchester United Coach has shrugged off criticism of his managerial abilities from Jamie Carragher and the Manchester United boss says he will not be changing his style.

United’s 29-game unbeaten run away from home in the Premier League was brought to a crashing halt at Leicester.

The Foxes coming from behind to win 4-2 at the King Power Stadium.

Solskjaer’s side are winless in their last three league games.

Pressure further growing on the manager after an expensive summer of incomings.

Speaking on Monday Night Football, former Liverpool defender Carragher said:

Solskjaer had done well at United but “he knows himself, as does every Manchester United fan.

That he is not at the same level as the other managers at the top of the Premier League”.

However, Solskjaer hinted Sky Sports pundit Carragher’s comments were made with United‘s Sky Live showdown with Liverpool on Sunday at Old Trafford in mind.


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“No it doesn’t affect me,” he said ahead of United’s Champions League match against Atalanta on Wednesday.

“Of course you see comments once in a while, I didn’t know what he was saying now.

“Of course we have got Liverpool on Sunday as well, so Jamie is always looking at these little things.

“I have got my values, I have got my way of managing.

“I believe in myself and as long as the club believes in me,

I am pretty sure Jamie Carragher’s opinion is not going to change that.”

Solskjaer also took the media to task, after his comment Marcus Rashford

“maybe he needs to prioritise his football” was reported last week.

Rashford, who is fit again after injury, has been praised for his campaigning to end food poverty for children.

He joined Solskjaer at Tuesday’s press briefing and the manager said:

“Let’s get the elephant out of the room straight away.

“You know the headlines, that came after the chat I had before the Leicester game.

“Of course, we are so unbelievably proud of what Marcus has done on and off the pitch.

“And now, you know what I said, and you made a headline out of one little comment I never intended to be the focus of what I was saying.

“I was saying that it must be nice for Marcus to focus on going into training.

And not feeling his ankle, his shoulder or his back, he can just go and enjoy his football.

“And I think you all know that.”

Tuesday's Transfer Gossip: Salah, Sterling, Icardi, Aguero, Mbappe, Isak, Solskjaer

  • Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, 29, wants in the region of £400,000 a week to sign a contract extension at Anfield. (Telegraph)


  • Manchester City remain interested in West Ham midfielder Declan Rice as they plot a long-term replacement for Fernandinho. (The sun)


  • Former Rangers chairman Dave King admits he was “a little surprised” by Steven Gerrard’s comments on spending as he insists the manager has been backed.(Daily Record)


  • Hearts have handed Gary Locke a testimonial to celebrate the former captain’s 20 years of service at Tynecastle. (Daily Record)


  • Scotland have only been handed 300 tickets for their World Cup qualifier against Moldova.(daily record)


  • Chelsea are interested in Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt and are reported to have already had talks with agent Mino Raiola. (The sun)


  • Manchester City want 80m euros for 26-year-old England forward Raheem Sterling, who is wanted by Barcelona. (Marca)


  • The Glazer family are said to be “not sure” about supposed leading candidates Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane, should they decide to sack Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (Daily express)


  • Manchester United bosses have given their full backing to under fire manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (Daily star)


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• Cristiano Ronaldo Tipped To Win Ballon d’Or By Manchester United Ex_Manager Sir Alex Ferguson After Record-Breaking Year For Portugal


• Monday’s Transfer Gossip: Bale, Lewandowski, Haaland, Pogba, Barkley, Mbappe


  • Newcastle have reportedly included Wayne Rooney on their managerial shortlist amid doubts over Steve Bruce’s future at St James’ Park. (Daily star)


  • Liverpool have been told by Lazio that the bidding for Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 26, starts at £67m. (Calciomercato – in Italian)


  • Belgium manager Roberto Martinez, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard and Villarreal head coach Unai Emery are emerging as the leading contenders to replace Steve Bruce as Newcastle United manager. (Times – subscription required) 


  • Paris St-Germain could be willing to swap striker Mauro Icardi, 28, with 33-year-old fellow Argentina forward Sergio Aguero, who joined Barcelona from Manchester City in the summer. (El Nacional)


  • Bayern Munich star Lucas Hernandez will start his six-month prison sentence on October 28 after turning up at court a day early to receive his official jail notification.(The sun)


  • Referees should be given the green light to explain their decisions after games, according to Arsene Wenger. (The sun)


  • Leeds United and Newcastle United are both interested in Chelsea’s 27-year-old ex-England midfielder Ross Barkley, who is also a target for Burnley. (90 Min)


  • West Ham are taking no chances with Michail Antonio’s hamstrings by sending their top doctor with him for Jamaica duty.(The sun)


  • Barcelona are reportedly no longer interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba on a free transfer and believe they are being used as leverage.­(The sun)


  • Fresh speculation over Jesse Lingard’s Manchester United future has emerged after his agents were seen at Sunday’s clash between Newcastle United and Tottenham. (The sun)


  • Manchester United are set to go head to head with Manchester City in a bid to sign Real Sociedad and Sweden forward Alexander Isak, 22. (Fichajes – in Spanish)


  • Arsenal and Leicester City are both monitoring Southampton and Norway winger Mohamed Elyounoussi after the 27-year-old’s impressive start to the season. (Sun) 


  • Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unhappy that the club failed to sign a midfielder in the summer. (Manchester Evening News)


  • The morale within the Manchester United dressing room is at a new low after the defeat by Leicester City left Solskjaer’s side without a win from their last three league games. (Times – subscription required)


  • France striker Kylian Mbappe, 22, who is a transfer target for Real Madrid, has hinted he is happy at PSG(Marca) 


  • Everton are monitoring League One side Morecambe’s left-back Connor Pye after the 17-year-old Englishman impressed their scouts. (Football Insider) 


  • Conditions at the Nou Camp have become so bad that Barcelona caterers are not always able to use the kitchen ovens during matches for fear of blowing fuses and potentially losing floodlights.(the sun)


  • Eddie Howe is in discussions with Newcastle as Steve Bruce faces the axe before the club faces Crystal Palace. (Daily mirror)


  • Fabio Paratici is ready to deal former club Juventus a blow by snatching Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic and Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni from under their noses in an £89m double swoop.(Daily mirror)

Man Utd's Ronaldo Equals Record For 90th-Minute Champions League Winners

Former Juventus star  has equal Aguero for most Champions League winners after the 90th minute as 5 times Ballon d’or saved Manchester United in a win over Villarreal.


Cristiano Ronaldo provided the match-winning moment in second-half stoppage time.

He pounced in the box to combine with Jesse Lingard to seal a 2-1 Man Utd win.

It came after Man Utd fell behind in the second half only for Alex Telles to equalise later on.

And it was Ronaldo that, once again, provided the game-changing moment when his side needed it most.

On a day where Ronaldo set the record for Champions League appearances.

He also moved level with Aguero when it comes to late winners.

With the goal, Ronaldo now has three game-winning goals in the Champions League after the 90th minute.

Putting him level with the former Manchester City and current Barcelona star.


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After the match, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for Ronaldo.

He always knows his team has a chance with Ronaldo on the field.

Solskjaer told BT Sport.

“That’s what happens here at Old Trafford,”  “We threw caution to the wind and we got lucky.

“They’re a hard team to play against. When you have Cristiano on the pitch there’s always a chance.

Cristiano is so good in front of goal.”

“He’s done that so many times,”

“and when you saw him [for Portugal] against Ireland a month ago,

he missed a penalty early, didn’t touch the ball more or less, and scored two great headers in the last minutes.

“That’s what he’s done throughout his career.

He stays in the game. I’ve seen him all day, the way he’s built up for this game.

And when he gets that one chance it’s a goal.

He had a couple of half-chances, but a true mark of a great finisher is that he keeps calm when the [big] chance arrives.”

Ronaldo reactions after the match.

“It’s my job”,  “It’s a very difficult game.

Villarreal plays so good. They had many chances. We struggled a little.

We knew it before the game that we must win the game. It was tough.

“The team was a little nervous in the first half and second half to be honest.

We were a little bit lucky as well, which we didnt have last game but we had today.

“Great attitude from our players and the fans pushed us a lot.

This is what we need when the team is not playing well. An important win.”

Solskjaer Directs Blame On Klopp As Manchester United Not Getting Penalties

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted  his side are not getting penalties due to comments by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.


Klopp suggested United recieve  number of spot-kicks in comparison to his Liverpool team.

In January, Klopp said:

 “I hear now that Manchester United had more penalties in two years than I had in five and a half years.”


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Solskjaer was asked if he was concerned United would not get as many penalty decisions now Cristiano Ronaldo was back in the league.

He said:

“There was a certain manager last year who was starting to worry about us getting penalties.”

“After that, it seems like the decisions are more difficult to give.”

Solskjaer felt his side were denied

“two stonewall penalties” in a 2-1 league win against West Ham last Sunday.

While he also felt his side should have had a spot-kick in a Carabao Cup defeat by the Hammers on Wednesday.

Klopp made his comments after a 1-0 defeat against Southampton last season,

in which he felt his side should have been awarded a penalty.

“Surely I’ve seen a big, big difference since then on,” added Solskjaer.

“But we just have to leave it up to the refs and hope that they will make the right calls very soon.”

Since Solskjaer took over in December 2018.

United have been awarded 49 penalties to Liverpool’s 22 in all competitions.

United, who are level on 13 points with Liverpool after five top-flight games, 

face Aston Villa on Saturday at 12:30 BST.

Phil Jones Hits Back At Online Hate: 'I’m Enjoying My Life. The Keyboard Warriors Will Still Be In Their Boxers'

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has hit back at the hateful messages he has received online.

Declaring he is “enjoying life” while the “keyboard warriors will still be sitting in their boxers”.

The former England International has spent the last ten years on United’s books

having initially been signed from Blackburn in 2011, and has made more than 200 appearances across all competitions for the club.

The 29-year-old has also won five trophies at OId Trafford including the Premier League.

But, hasn’t played for the Red Devils since January 2020 due to a serious knee injury.

Phil jones has been subjected to online abuse throughout his lengthy spell on the sidelines.

But insists he is still in a strong place mentally despite the best efforts of cowardly figures.

Phil Johns told The Times.

“I must be an easy target,”

“Every footballer has a tag and unfortunately, mine is, ‘Let’s have a laugh at him.’

“When my career finishes and I’m enjoying my life.

And by the way I’m fortunate that I’ll be able to do that.

The keyboard warriors will still be in their mum’s spare bedroom,sipping Pepsi,

that’s flat, eating a Pot Noodle, sitting in their boxers, tweeting.”


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Jones added on the impact internet trolls can have on footballers in the modern era:

“In this society we’re living in at the minute, all the racism and stuff that affects mental health – I’d just say be careful.

You don’t know how it’s going to affect players: physically, mentally, emotionally.

“We always go back to the same point: ‘Oh they’re footballers,

they should be able to deal with it, they get so much money, have this lavish lifestyle.’

Take all that away, strip all that back and we’re just human beings.

“Listen, my problems are not bigger than the problems someone has to deal with in an office.

I know that, but they are problems.

Footballers have problems like anybody else, and maybe me talking can help players.”

Jones respond back at Ferdinand

Jones went on to hit back at the criticism he recently received from ex-team-mate Rio Ferdinand,

who has claimed that United were wrong to keep hold of a man currently,

“taking up a youth player’s position” in the squad during the summer transfer window.

He said.

Listen, the respect I’ve got is enormous,”

 “I’ve shared a dressing room with Rio – great professional.

Loved playing with him. Great lad, good humour. Learnt so much from him.

“What he said was poor. Really poor. I’m not into disputes, not into arguments.

And if he didn’t know, he didn’t know [about the injury].”

Would he still be feature again under solskjaer?

Jones has returned to full training with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.

And could be in line for a return to action when the Red Devils take on West Ham in the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday.

The centre-back has told the club’s official podcast of his current condition:

“Thankfully, I see the light at the end of the tunnel now.

And I’ve been back training, played a few behind-closed-doors games and I’m feeling really good at the minute.”


Phil Jones Hits Back At Online Hate