Phil Jones has been pictured back at Carrington for the first time in 2021.

The defender has not played a match since January 2020 due to a succession of injuries.

Jones was training individually, not with the rest of the group, and is not in contention to play against Granada.

Manchester United Training Session
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For Jones, just being out there back at Carrington is progress. He has had a torrid time with ongoing knee problems.

It is clear at this stage Jones is not the player United wanted him to become, and he needs a fresh start.

 

To do so, he has to get fit, and the timing is quite positive here, ahead of the transfer window.

Jones has a few weeks to get fit, and could even come in and make a brief appearance from the bench at the end of the season in a league game if United qualify for next season’s Champions League early.

At this stage you just have to wish Jones well and hope he can stay fit, earn a move, and try and kick on at a club which is willing to grant him regular starting opportunities.

At 29-years-old, he should still have plenty of football left in him away from Old Trafford.

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