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17th Jul 2022

Wayne Rooney ready to ‘rescue’ Phil Jones from Manchester United with DC United transfer offer

Daniel Brown

Jones has played more than 200 times for Man United

DC United manager Wayne Rooney is reportedly interested in signing former Manchester United teammate Phil Jones.

Rooney played alongside Jones for the Red Devils for a number of years, and The Star are reporting that the new DC boss is “optimistic” about a move for the defender.

However, the same report adds that Jones may need to lower his demands to force a deal through, while United could be required to compromise themselves.

The 30-year-old is said to be on £120,000 a week after extending his deal during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure as manager.

The former Blackburn defender has made just 13 appearances for United across the last three seasons, with injury issues playing a part in his lack of matches.

Rooney admits DC are “working hard” to bring players in

Jones has not travelled with the rest of Erik ten Hag’s first-team squad for the Red Devils’ pre-season matches in Thailand and Australia, and has instead remained in the UK to undergo a personalised training programme at Carrington.

Upon rejoining DC, Rooney – who spent two seasons with the club as a player – confirmed that the MLS outfit were were “working hard” to bring players in.

The former England international will be desperate to add reinforcements given the club’s current position in the standings. Defeat on Saturday left Rooney’s team bottom of the overall MLS standings with just 18 points from 19 games.

While DC have games in hand on the sides’s above them, it will still be an uphill battle to reach the end-of-season playoffs.

Jones has played more than 200 times for United since joining from Blackburn in 2011 – winning the Premier League title in the 2012/13 season. However, after missing all of the 2020/21 season, he was limited to just five games last campaign.

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