Phil Jones labelled a cheapskate by Manchester United fitness coach

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Manchester United centre-back Phil Jones has been outed as a cheapskate following his stingy exploits on the club's pre-season tour of the United States.

Red Devils fitness coach Tony Strudwick took to Twitter to ridicule the England international after he was forced to fork out of his own pocket to pay for taxi fares and drinks whilst out on a shopping trip with the 22-year-old.

"Had a good afternoon shopping with @PhilJones4. Paid his cab fares either way and bought him a Starbucks coffee. Shock he had no cash!" he tweeted. "Should have paid me for his poor banter all afternoon."

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The former Blackburn Rovers star is renowned for never having his wallet with him, and Strudwick's public rebuke was pounced upon by fellow Red Devil Ashley Young who seized an opportunity to poke fun at his team-mate.

"No shock there with @PhilJones4 haha," was the winger's response, before the fitness coach added: "Gave it the 'My card doesn't work abroad' shout!"

Running joke

Jones is reportedly pocketing around £50,000-a-week at Old Trafford, which makes his alleged cash shortfall all the more hilarious, and the most recent situation where he was spotted cash by his club colleague further adds to his tightfisted reputation.

The versatile defender - who cost the club a cool £16.5 million in 2011 - is expected to play an important role in the Manchester United first-team this season under the new tutelage of Louis van Gaal.

Jones role

The Dutch coach is planning to play a 3-5-2 formation, and Jones's ability to play at right-back, centre-back and a more advanced midfield position is likely to be a valuable asset, particularly as Van Gaal likes to work with a relatively small squad of just 22 players.

He featured regularly during the club's pre-season tour, which ended with a 3-1 victory over Premier League rivals Liverpool to maintain a perfect record of five wins from five games as they went on to lift the International Champions Cup.

Jones is yet to really fulfil his potential at Old Trafford, but will be looking to kick on under Van Gaal's tutelage in 2014/15 as the club looks to bounce back from their worst ever Premier League campaign which culminated in a seventh place finish last term.

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