The legend of the Red Devils is connected with the winter move of the English international defender with whom he once played together for the club and the country.
Wayne Rooney refused to draw Derby’s ties to Phil Jones, while the Manchester United legend kept his cards close to his chest when it came to a reported attack on Old Trafford ranks.
The experienced English defender from England is expected to be on the move during the January transfer window.
Jones disappeared from sight and mind in Manchester, while the 28-year-old broke the ranks at United under the leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Injuries didn’t help his goal a bit, but the versatile operator is overlooked even when he’s fully in shape.
Jones ’last outing for the Red Devils happened back in January, when he concluded in an FA Cup clash with Tranmere.
They haven’t seen him since and he doesn’t seem to have much hope of getting back into Solskjaer’s plans.
Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof remain the midfield pair for United, and Eric Bailly fulfills the reserve duty.
Axel Tuanzebe is another one who has climbed above Jones, leaving the 2012-13 Premier League title winner with little choice but to look for regular time to play elsewhere.
It is suggested that Rooney, who is overseeing things in the championship derby following the dismissal of Phillip Cocu, would want to meet his former counterpart from United and England again.
The all-time leading scorer of the Red Devils has played alongside Jones on 143 occasions in the past and knows the qualities a proven performer could offer his side at Pride Park.
However, Rooney is reluctant to attract alleged interest rates.
He told reporters when questioned about the rumors: “Phil Jones is a Manchester United player and it’s not my job to really talk about him.”
Although Rooney wants to stay away from speculation for now, Red Devils boss Solskjaer has previously said Jones should be ready to start his career around the turn of the year.
Back in October, he said: “Phil is injured, has had surgery and is working hard to get back, I hope he will prepare during December.
“It was a natural thing when you’re injured, you can’t be on the team, can you, but he’s working very hard and coming back soon.”
Derby could add adding Jones ’great experience to their ranks as they rank 22nd in the second tier, but the interest of West Ham, Newcastle and Leicester is also linked to the man with 27 English caps in his name.