Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes shocking addition to Manchester United line up against West Ham
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has added Phil Jones to the team’s line up against West Ham United.
Since January last year, Phil Jones hasn’t played a single senior team game for Manchester United.
Things are about to change for Jones when the Red Devils faces West Ham for an EFL Cup match on Tuesday as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed his inclusion to team’s squad.
Delighted by Jones’ professionalism and determination Solskjaer raved about the defender’s stunning road to recovery as well.
“I’m so happy for Phil [Jones],” Solskjaer told Manchester United’s official website. “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.”
“He’s been so diligent and so professional; no frills, no social media and I’m old school,” the Norwegian manager added. “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. It’s a good day for him and for us, and it’s something that he has earned.”
Jones returned to action this season and has been playing for Manchester United’s Under-23s squad. As for his first-team comeback, the 29-year-old was handed the opportunity to be featured in some friendlies.
Prior to his Manchester United return, Jones confessed that he almost quit, having suffered “enough” from series of injuries.
“I went straight to the doc and said, ‘Enough’s enough. I’ve had too many anti-inflammatories, too many injections, too many close shaves. I need this sorted’,” Jones told The Times.
“It was the lowest I’ve ever been as a human being,” he added. “I used to come back [from training] and be in bits. My head was an absolute mess. I’d be in tears.”