Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce points

Danny Mills has claimed Man United defender Phil Jones “needs a new challenge” and to sign for a team like Newcastle United.

The former Leeds United full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 28-year-old has not fulfilled the potential he showed in his younger years.

According to a report in The Mirror, the Magpies are keen to offer Jones a route out of United this summer.

The centre-back has been limited to just eight appearances this season after falling down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

When asked whether the former Blackburn player should consider moving to Tyneside, Mills told Football Insider: “Phil Jones needs to get out of there and sign for a team like Newcastle. He needs a change.

“It has never really happened for him at Manchester United. He has been there for a long time and has not really played an awful lot. A player that needs a new challenge and a reset to get it going again.

“Undoubtedly there is a good player in there but maybe it is the pressure or the media attention he gets every time he does play.

“He has not got back to the form he showed as a young kid when he first went there.”

Jones signed a contract extension last year which is due to keep him at the club until 2023.

With the Euros postponed until June 2021 due to the outbreak of coronavirus, the English defender may see a move to St. James as a gateway into Gareth Southgate’s squad for next summer’s tournament.

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