Parlour mocks Man Utd man for travelling to Villarreal to ‘carry the bags’

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has mocked Manchester United’s Phil Jones for seemingly travelling to Villarreal to “carry the bags”.

The defender has been with Man Utd since 2011. He has played 224 times for the Red Devils since joining them from Blackburn Rovers.

Jones has experienced serious injury problems over the past couple of years. He only featured eight times for United in 2019/20 with his last appearance coming in January.

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The Englishman then did not feature once throughout the whole 2020/21 campaign. He has returned to fitness this season, but he has been restricted to appearances in Premier League 2.

Jones has travelled with the Manchester United squad for their game versus Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

The 29-year-old will not be able play versus the Spanish side as he is not included in United’s squad for the Champions League.

As reported by the Metro, Parlour has questioned the decision to bring Jones to Spain with the rest of the squad:

“Do you know what, I forgot Phil Jones was even there,” Parlour joked.

“What’s he got to do, carry the bag or something? He’s not in the squad so what’s the point of taking him? Is it just for training, I don’t know? He can’t be sub or play can he?”

Elsewhere, Rio Ferdinand has suggested that he cannot see Mauricio Pochettino leaving PSG for Man Utd during the 2021/22 season:

“I don’t think that Pochettino leaves PSG during the season,” Ferdinand said on his Vibe with FIVE YouTube channel. “He’s a man of integrity, he’s a man of respect.

“I think he’s grateful for the opportunity to be at PSG and as a man, I think he’ll just say: ‘If they want me that bad they’ll wait’.

“I think from the media that we saw over the last couple of years when he was out of work, that for him Man United is the pinnacle, is the club he’d love to get to, get his hands on and guide the club.

“He’s got a lot of stuff going on at PSG so you have to be respectful in that sense.

“It’s about what PSG want as well because they’re not the kind of club that will just relinquish their manager.

“I’m putting money on Pochettino, for the end of the season, start of next season, my money’s on Pochettino being manager.”

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