Phil Jones’ Man Utd career may finally end with move to Wayne Rooney’s DC United

Phil Jones’ Manchester United career may finally be drawing to a close – with a potential move to Wayne Rooney’s DC United.

Former England and United striker Rooney took charge of the MLS outfit last week after quitting his job as Derby boss. And that could be the catalyst to end Jones’ lengthy 11-year stint at Old Trafford – with the out-of-favour midfielder a Rooney target.

The pair have been good friends since their days together at United and Rooney is optimistic he can pull off the transfer. For that to happen, however, it will require both Jones and United to compromise their current positions.

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The ex-England international is on £120,000-a-week, which is way beyond DC’s pay structure, meaning the Reds will need to subsidise the majority of those wages in a loan deal.

Jones, 30, has already made it clear to United hierarchy that he will happily see out the final 12 months of his contract rather than accept a cut in salary just to get away. The former Blackburn man, signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2011 for £16.5million, has endured a miserable time since being handed a bumper four-year extension just a couple of months into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign.

The fact he has not traveled with Erik ten Hag’s Reds on the current pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia suggests he will continue to sit on the sidelines if he does stay put.

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Rooney, who is chasing another Old Trafford outcast in Jesse Lingard, tried to sign Jones at Derby but failed because United refused to sell him for less than £15m or pay his wages in a temporary deal.

Yet he is more optimistic this time round, feeling his former club and their new Dutch coach may simply want Jones gone.


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