Trevor Sinclair hits out at Rio Ferdinand for calling Man Utd player a ‘waste of time’

Trevor Sinclair has hit out at Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand for calling injury-hit Manchester United defender Phil Jones a ‘waste of time’ at Old Trafford.

Jones has spent the last 19 months on the injury table with a knee problem and played for the first time in 19 months in a behind-closed doors friendly against Burnley last week.

Ferdinand claimed the 29-year-old is taking an academy player’s spot in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad and urged him to leave Manchester United.

Sinclair told talkSPORT: “Of course he (Jones) is going to accept (the new contract). He probably has aspirations of getting into the first team.

“I look at Phil Jones I see a player that has been crippled with injuries over the years, all different kind of injuries as well.

“I don’t see a bad egg, I look at him, I think he looks like a good pro, he’s not going to cause lots of problems, he’s got a family, he’s got kids, he needs to try and maximise the amount of finance he earns in his career.

“Why would he turn down a contract of Mancheter United? I think the only people that need to be criticised are the people that offered him the contract because it has not worked out again.

“For Rio to come out and criticise him and say he should leave the club and he’s holding down an academy player’s opportunity to go into the first team, I’m not happy with Rio about that, I think he stepped over the line for me.”

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