Phil Jones really isn’t a Manchester United defender.
When Sir Alex Ferguson introduced Phil Jones and tipped his to become the greatest player in Manchester United history (really) we were all, shall we say, a little dubious. And for good reason really, Philip Anthony Jones has turned out to be quite rubbish, hasn’t he?
The defender who has become more iconic for the bizarre and unfortunate faces he pulls on game day sort of came out from nowhere when he joined Manchester United for an estimated £17million from Blackburn Rovers in 2011, so fans were understandably dubious he was the man expected to replace the great Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. But they are a loyal bunch, and he got his chance to shine. For better or worse.
Little did they know that eight years later Phil Jones would still be rearing his ugly little head as one of the starting centre-backs for the club. At his peak, you might describe Phil Jones as a ball-playing defender who marauds forward with confidence to create. At his worst, however, you would call him a diabolical defender who has disastrous positioning, is horrendously inconsistency, dons shocking positional awareness and shameless technique. At times, we wonder if the only reason he plays is to provide some comic relief for miserable fans away from the utter dross that is unfolding before their eyes.
While Jones has had his moments this past decade, especially during the 2017/18 campaign, they have come too far and between for any Manchester United supporter to truly warm to him the same why they did to their former dynamic duo, Ferdinand and Vidic.
You don’t see may people with “Jones 4” on the back of their replica shirts, do you?
With a new era under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pending, it could be curtains for any one of the current defensive line-up (other than Victor Lindelöf) as the baby faced assassin looks to shake up his squad. Will it be curtains for everyone’s least favourite joke? Probably not, but fans can dream.
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