Ole Gunnar Solskjaer drafted centre-back Phil Jones into his Manchester United starting XI on Saturday. The Red Devils’ fine form continued on the day with a 3-0 win over strugglers Fulham at Craven Cottage.
A Paul Pogba brace and a fine strike from Anthony Martial was enough to earn all three points for the visitors, who remain unbeaten under Solskjaer. The Norwegian coach will also be pleased to have seen his side keep another clean sheet, which Jones played his part in preserving.
On top of that, the 26-year-old also registered an assist for Martial’s goal, and came close to scoring himself when his long-range effort provoked a smart stop from Sergio Rico.
The indoor football skills in the video below have to be seen to be believed…
The 27-cap England international recently signed a new long-term contract at Old Trafford. His performance against the Cottagers may have gone some way to convincing fans that offering him new terms was a smart move on United’s part.
After the game against Fulham, plenty of United fans took to Twitter to applaud Jones’ contribution…
I believe in Phil Jones.. SAF was correct about him.. some of our fans are stupid, yes he has been sloppy at times but he doesn’t deserve the stick that he gets.. far better player than some United fans make him to be.. Phil Jones will retire as a United legend..
— PP (@P9Pranav) 9 February 2019
Let’s talk about Phil Jones. Best performance he has had since I can remember. Not the toughest of tests but had a brilliant game #MUFC
— Michael Kersley (@michaelkersley) 9 February 2019
First half was Phil Jones best half in years, played a big part in first 2 goals with 2 forward passes when the side ways pass was the easier option to start it off
— GKW (@GKW1908) 9 February 2019
Phil Jones and Chris Smalling dont usually get praised by me but today they were brilliant especially Mike Smalling took care of Mitrovic quite easilly
— Agentm8 (@Agentm81) 9 February 2019
Yes, I too bemoaned Phil Jones’ contract renewal. But let it be known that Phil Jones has as many assists in the league as Naby Keita, Mesut Ozil and one more than star signing Jorginho
— Vaanchit Srikumar (@vaanchitdbest) 9 February 2019
Phil Jones man of the match for me..
— McMan (@mcunited) 9 February 2019
Phil Jones nearly with that worldie
— AdamFitchJones (@AFitchJones) 9 February 2019
In all fairness, Phil Jones has been very good today.
— Jack (@SonOfUnited) 9 February 2019