‘It was the lowest I’ve ever been’: Phil Jones opens up on his injury ‘hell’ at Manchester United that has kept him out for nearly two years and the ‘really poor’ comments from Rio Ferdinand – who called him a ‘waste of time’ at Old Trafford

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  • Phil Jones has opened up on his knee injury ‘hell’ at Manchester United
  • Defender has not played since January 2020 due to prolonged knee problem
  • Jones reveals he felt like ‘a terrible father’ because he couldn’t give his kids energy
  • Jones hit out at Rio Ferdinand’s “extremely bad” comments and called them a waste of time.
  • Jones, 29, also revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson helped him out this year

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Phil Jones has opened up about his injury hell at Manchester United that has kept him out of action for nearly two years, revealing the period on the sidelines has left him in tears at times.

The 29-year-old has not played for the Red Devils with a long-term problem in his knee since scoring in a 6-0 FA Cup win over Tranmere Rovers in January 2020 – and has only started playing again with the club’s reserves Done this month.

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Jones has revealed that he has been verbally abused by football fans in the street in front of his daughters, Alaria and Reya, and that he feels like ‘a terrible father’ after his injury problems with his wife, Kaya left to do.

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Phil Jones felt ‘lowest level ever as a human’ during his Manchester United injury hell

Jones has been out of action with a monthly problem in his knee since January 2020 (above)

Jones has been out of action with a monthly problem in his knee since January 2020 (above)

“It was the lowest level I’ve ever had as a human,” Jones said. many times. ‘I used to come back (from United’s training ground) and live in bits.

‘My head was a complete mess. I would be in tears. I’d say to Kaya, “I don’t know what to do.” I remember we both were crying.

‘At times I felt a terrible father. You are trying to give your energy to your kids but you can’t.

‘Listen, you have daughters, if your daughter tells you that you are dressing up as a princess, you are dressing up as a princess, but I was not there, not present at the moment. I would have been on my phone or miles away.

Jones (right) believed he was a ‘terrible father’ to his children because he could give off no energy

Jones (right) is now back training with Man United and has played for the club's reserve team

Jones (right) is now back training with Man United and has played for the club’s reserve team

‘I’m not afraid to say any of this. People and football players, they will put forth that everything is fine, but you don’t know what is going on behind closed doors.’

Jones revealed that he has struggled with knee problems for the best part of a decade, following knee surgery on his 20-year-old who had just played for England at Euro 2012.

The problem subsided for four years until he began to feel more pain in 2016, when Jose Mourinho was manager at Old Trafford. Following a January 2020 injury, Jones was previously set to return after the coronavirus lockdown, but a setback in May saw him go back into surgery at Barcelona, ​​but further lockdowns slowed his return.

Jones also addressed the ‘very poor’ comments made by his former United teammate Rio Ferdinand, who described him as a ‘waste of time’ at Old Trafford as he is replacing a Red Devils youth Can be organized by team. player.

England international reveals he has been battling knee injuries since 2012

England international reveals he has been battling knee injuries since 2012

Jones also hit back at Rio Ferdinand's (above)

Jones also hit back at Rio Ferdinand’s (above) “poor” comments, calling them a “waste of time”.

‘Listen, the respect I have (for Ferdinand) is enormous,’ said Jones. ‘I share a dressing room with Rio – great professional. I loved playing with him. Great boy, good humour. Learned a lot from him.

‘But what he said was lousy. Really poor. I am not in controversies, not in arguments, and if he doesn’t know (what’s going on behind the scenes), he doesn’t know.’

Jones also revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson, who signed him to Manchester United in 2011, had given him the perfect talk during a film premiere earlier this year, reminding him of the time he played at Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo was dropped from the 2013 Champions League game. .

Jones (left) reveals how Sir Alex Ferguson (right) gave him an encouraging talk to lift his spirits

Jones (left) reveals how Sir Alex Ferguson (right) gave him an encouraging talk to lift his spirits

Talking about the conversation, Jones said, ‘He was unbelievable to me. ‘I went to the premiere of his movie with some players and he came, we shook hands and then out of the blue said, “Hey, you were great against Real Madrid. Marking the f*** Ronaldo.” It just gave me so much confidence.

‘To be honest, I didn’t even watch his premiere, I was just sitting there, thinking about his comment, ‘he remembers… someone of his magnitude remembers him.’

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