Phil Jones is out of Manchester United’s 25-man squad for the Europa League group stages

Phil Jones is out of Manchester United’s 25-man squad for the Europa League group stages as his fitness woes persist…with Eric ten Hag including a slew of new signings ahead of their first game against Real Sociedad.

  • Phil Jones has been left out of Manchester United’s Europa League squad
  • The unfavorable defender has only started twice with United in the past two years
  • United boss Eric Ten Hag has named his summer signings in the group

Phil Jones is the most famous name left out of Manchester United’s Europa League squad after Erik ten Hag named the group’s summer signings.

Central defender Jones Jones was not included in the 25-man squad for the group stage matches, along with young left-back Brandon Williams.

The 30-year-old has only started twice in the past two years with United and has not been available for selection since the start of the season due to injury.

Phil Jones (pictured) has been left out of Manchester United’s 25-man squad for the Europa League

Third left-back Brandon Williams (pictured) has also been left out of United's squad

Third left-back Brandon Williams (pictured) has also been left out of United’s squad

Jones is in the final year of his contract with United and is well below the order of defensive options.

The former England international stands behind the likes of Raphael Varane, Alessandro Martinez, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Axel Tuanzebe and Tiden Menge.

Williams, 22, was also absent from the squad due to injury, while Axel Tuanzebe and Facundo Pellistri were included, although they are currently sidelined.

This is just another setback for Jones, who signed a new four-year contract with the Red Devils in 2019.

New United boss Eric Ten Hag has chosen his team, leaving both Jones and Williams

New United boss Eric Ten Hag has chosen his team, leaving both Jones and Williams

Reports emerged last week that Jones was fired from the Carrington locker room.

Former Ajax coach Ten Hag has made six new additions to the Red Devils this summer after being appointed in April.

The hall at Carrington has dwindled since playmaker Christian Eriksen, former Real Madrid star Casemiro, goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, left-back Terrell Malacia and former Ajax duo Anthony and Lisandro Martinez.

The Red Devils also splashed £85m on Ajax winger Anthony who scored on his debut

The Red Devils also splashed £85m on Ajax winger Anthony who scored on his debut

Jones has played only 13 times for Manchester United in his last four games for the club and made his first appearance in two years in January as the Red Devils lost 1-0 to Wolverhampton.

United’s opening match in the Europa League group stage will be against Real Sociedad in La Liga at Old Trafford on Thursday.

They were also drawn with the Cypriot team Omonia and Moldova FC Sheriff.

UEFA Europa League Team

goalkeepers: de Gea, Heaton, Dubravka

Defenders: Dalot, Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martinez, Maguire, Lindelof, Tuanzebe, Malacia and Shaw.

Midfielders: Casemiro, McTominay, Fred, Eriksen, Van de Beek, Fernandez, Pelistri.

Attackers: Anthony, Rashford, Sancho, Martial, Ronaldo, Garnacho.

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