Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce puts up his thumb

Alan Hutton believes that a move to Newcastle United could be the best thing for Manchester United defender Phil Jones this summer.

The former Aston Villa and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists old boss Steve Bruce has the skills to bring the best out the England international.

The Mirror report that the Magpies are keen to give the 28-year-old a way out of Old Trafford in the summer transfer window, having seen him fall down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Hutton believes St James’ Park could be the ideal destination for Jones to get his career back on track, revealing how Bruce creates a positive atmosphere for his players behind the scenes.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I think obviously it’s well documented all the problems he’s had at Man U, so sometimes a little break – when you’re a Man United player everything’s highlighted times ten.

“I think maybe going to a team like Newcastle, under Steve Bruce, where he can get his head down, work hard, obviously the manager will look after him, it’s maybe a good place to go.

“Steve Bruce makes it a really good environment to go and work and be happy, just really enjoy your football. Maybe that’s what he needs to get back, we all know how good a player he can be.

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce

“Maybe Newcastle, he’d not get away with it, that’s not what I’m saying, but just concentrate on playing. I definitely think Steve Bruce is a guy – because I know him well – who can get the best out of players.” 

Jones has played just eight times across all competitions for Manchester United this season, two of those appearances coming in the Premier League.

In other Newcastle United news, Kevin Phillips has had his say on a “massive” update from St James’ Park.