Erik ten Hag’s signings have made an instant impact at Man Utd, but their arrival has caused a little issue at Carrington.
Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia were among United’s best players in their latest win against Arsenal. Casemiro has done well coming off the bench and Antony barely needed any time to open his account at the club.
Ten Hag must be delighted with their influence in the club’s four straight wins, especially since most of United’s six summer incomings, including Martin Dubravka, have been welcomed on the Dutchman’s recommendation over the club’s scouting department’s input.
However, their arrival has led to the first team changing room at Carrington bursting to capacity. It is only meant for a maximum of 24 players.
According to The Sun, this has forced Phil Jones to shift down the corridor to the United-23 changing room. The senior centre-back has been joined by Brandon Williams, Teden Mengi, Shola Shoretire and Axel Tuanzebe.
Jones’ services are no longer needed at Old Trafford, as Martinez’s signing from Ajax has only increased the number of quality central defenders at the club.
The 30-year-old, whose last appearance came in January against Wolves, is in the final year of his £110,000-week contract.
Jones isn’t the only veteran to be pushed far from the starting XI after Ten Hag’s spending spree. Cristiano Ronaldo, for the moment, has also found himself away from action, having been benched in five of the first six games of the new season.