Rio Ferdinand slammed for "stepping over the line" after Phil Jones rant

Rio Ferdinand has been criticised by TalkSPORT pundit Trevor Sinclair, after the former United player accused Phil Jones of “hiding behind the curtains”.

Ferdinand blasted the United defender’s decision to remain at Old Trafford despite not having made a Premier League appearance since a 2-0 home defeat to Burnley in January 2020.

He also compared Jones to Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater who has also been jettisoned from the first team.

“I think he (Jones) should’ve gone ages ago. He should’ve gone before Chris Smalling went,” said Ferdinand.

“I think Drinkwater has been the same a little bit, it’s quite easy to sit there like that and hide behind the curtains.”

“Find a new club and play some football.”

However, Sinclair has hit back at the former United star claiming he had overstepped the mark.

“For Rio to come out and criticise him and say he’s holding down an academy player’s opportunity to go into the first team, I think he stepped over the line for me,” said the former Manchester City winger.

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“I look at Phil Jones I see a player that has been crippled with injuries over the years.

“I don’t see a bad egg, 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.”

In 2019, Jones signed a new four-year contract which would keep him with the Red Devils until 2023.

However, opportunities in the first team look scarce, with the 29-year-old currently behind new signing Raphael Varane, club captain Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, and Eric Bailly.

“Why would he turn down a contract of Manchester United,” Sinclair asked.

“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.”

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