Jones 'genuinely doesn't care' about critics of Man Utd contract extension

Phil Jones says he will not “lose sleep about what people say about me” after seeing some question Manchester United’s decision to hand him a new contract.

Having returned to favour since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the reins at Old Trafford, the England international has seen his efforts rewarded with fresh terms.

He has committed to a deal through to at least 2023, with that agreement including a possible 12-month extension.

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If he sees that contract through, then Jones will pass 10 years of loyal service with the Red Devils.

The 26-year-old is aware that some critics would have preferred to see him moved on as a free agent this summer but claims to have learned to turn a deaf ear to his detractors.

Jones, who has taken in 17 outings for United this season, said: “I don’t lose sleep about what people say about me. It’s football.

“I’m going to get criticism in the future, I’ve had criticism in the past.

“Honestly, I genuinely don’t care. I have a wonderful family and wonderful friends. I play football for Man United, I’ve been given an extra contract and I’m grateful for that.”

Phil Jones Manchester United 2018-19
Phil Jones Manchester United 2018-19

Jones has been with United since being snapped up from Blackburn by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2011.

As he takes in an eighth season at Old Trafford, he has already passed the 200-appearance mark for the Red Devils.

He hopes there will be many more to come.

His position has been called into question on a regular basis, with United continuing to be heavily linked with reinforcements at centre-half, but Jones is ready to embrace any further competition.

He added: “Since I’ve come to this club we’ve signed players left, right and centre: forwards, defenders, goalkeepers.

“We’re Man United, of course, we’re going to be interested in the best players in the world, I’d be pretty amazed if we weren’t.”

Those currently on the books at Old Trafford have helped to turn a faltering 2018-19 campaign around under the guidance of Solskjaer.

A 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday was their tenth of an 11-game unbeaten run with an interim boss at the helm, with a place back inside the Premier League’s top four having been secured as attention now shifts to a heavyweight Champions League last 16 encounter with Paris Saint-Germain.

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