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“Is Phil Jones carrying the bags?”  – Ineligible defender travels with Manchester United squad for Champions League draw, leaving Arsenal legend Ray Parlor perplexed


Ray Parlor was as surprised as anyone when he found out Manchester United ruled Phil Jones was traveling with the squad for his Champions League fixture against Villarreal.

The 29-year-old has not been in a competitive game for the Red Devils since January 2020.

Phil Jones has played three times this season, all in U23 games
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“Is Phil Jones carrying the bags?”  – Ineligible defender travels with Manchester United squad for Champions League draw, leaving Arsenal legend Ray Parlor perplexed
Phil Jones traveled to Spain with Manchester United in the Champions League, although he was not one of them
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Although he hasn’t played for the club in almost two years, Jones could be on the verge of ending the drought.

Michael Carrick’s side are in a defensive crisis with Raphael Varane injured and club captain Harry Maguire completely out of form and now suspended following his red card against Watford.

While Jones will not play against Unai Emery’s side on Tuesday – a game that is live on talkSPORT 2 – the Premier League winner could make a long-awaited return to action against Chelsea this weekend.

Maguire’s red card against Watford means he won’t feature this weekend and, if the interim Red Devils boss chooses to play three center-backs, he could start Jones alongside Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof.

“Is Phil Jones carrying the bags?”  – Ineligible defender travels with Manchester United squad for Champions League draw, leaving Arsenal legend Ray Parlor perplexed
Jones has spent most of the past two years recovering from injury and being on the training ground
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In the meantime, given that he is not eligible to play against Villarreal, the Arsenal legend Parlor couldn’t resist a few jokes when he found out Jones was on the plane to Spain.

Jones was not included in Manchester United’s 25-man Champions League squad at the start of the club’s European campaign, meaning he cannot play any part in the game.

“Do you know what, I forgot Phil Jones was even in there,” the great Invincibles said during Tuesday’s talkSPORT breakfast.

” What is he going to do ? Carry the bags or something?

“He’s not on the team, what’s the point of taking him?”

If Jones returned to action in the coming weeks, it would mean the center-back would have played under his seventh manager at Manchester United.

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