Phil Jones: Why the Englishman is starting ahead of Lindelof

Since being signed from Blackburn Rovers by legendary former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson in a £16m deal in 2011, Phil Jones has undoubtedly made his mark on the first team despite numerous injury setbacks.

He was signed as a player with potential to become a first team regular, having only been a teenager when he signed on the dotted line to leave Ewood Park for pastures new. He slotted into the first team in his first season with the club, where Sir Alex followed his policy of allowing youth a chance, and put his faith in Jones throughout the duration of the season.

As his United career advanced, he continued to feature regularly in the first team under the former United bosses David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal, however saw himself prone to injury on a fairly regular basis due to him being becoming renowned for being heavily committed when it comes to challenges, often in a clumsy manner.


Starting player

Fast forward to the 2017-18 season, and Jones continues to be one of the first names on the team sheet in the league, starting each game at centre-back alongside Eric Bailly.

He is performing well after seeing United concede just two goals in their league fixtures since the start of the season.

Summer signing Victor Lindelof was widely expected to head directly into the first team alongside Eric Bailly, however this was not the case, and Phil Jones has so far been used as the preferred option which perhaps came as a surprise after seeing his playing time previously limited.


Set to continue to prove his worth to Mourinho

It can be said that despite Jones’ injury set-backs, this season his performances have earnt him a regular starting berth at centre-back in which last season Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo established themselves in.

And until the latter makes a comeback from a serious injury he sustained towards the end of the 2016-17 season, Jones will look to continue his solid performances to prove his worth to Jose Mourinho.


Written by Cristian Fry

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