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Solskjaer confirms return of Man Utd’s forgotten man

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed the return of long term absentee Phil Jones to Man Utd’s squad for tonight’s carabao cup game against West Ham.

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Phil Jones has been out with a knee injury for over a year now and the Englishman is looking to revive his once flourishing career. Jones has been training for some time now and recently got some minutes with the Man Utd U-23s

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Solskjær: “I’m so happy for Phil [Jones]. He has completed two 90 minutes for the Under-23s, played some minutes behind closed doors and he’s got no reaction on his knee. He’s been working really hard”

“I know what challenges he’s been through, mentally, thinking ‘will I ever play football again or even be able to walk again and be able to play with the kids in the garden’.”

“He’s been so diligent and so professional; no frills, no social media and I’m old school. I like players like that. He just focuses on one thing and gets his head around the challenges and he’s back”

“He will be in the squad [against West Ham]. It’s a good day for him and for us, and it’s something that he has earned.”

If Phil Jones gets to play tomorrow, it would be the first time in over 454 days he’d be playing a competitive game for Man Utd.

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