Later News Jan 08

It's 2020 but some things never change. Like Phil Jones' defending.

Manchester United fans received a grim reminder that the hapless Phil Jones is still a part of their team on Wednesday morning (SGT), as the 27-year-old put on a disasterclass in the Red Devils’ home 1-3 defeat to Manchester City in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were completely outplayed by their arch-rivals at Old Trafford, and it took only 17 minutes for Bernando Silva to put the Citizens in the lead with a terrific strike from range.


It wasn’t long before Riyad Mahrez doubled City’s lead, as he ghosted past the non-existent Man Utd defence to latch onto Silva’s through pass, before rounding David De Gea and tapping the ball into an empty net.


City added a third before the break via an Andreas Pereira own goal, which was most notable for the way Kevin De Bruyne made a fool out of Jones in the build-up. 


Marcus Rashford netted a consolation goal in the second half for the home team to restore some much-needed semblance of pride for Man Utd.


Because City were otherwise so dominant over Man Utd that it didn’t even feel like an actual match, let alone a cup semi-final.


But the spotlight after the match was all on Jones, who was only drafted into the Man Utd first-team because Harry Maguire was injured.


Honestly, though, we at FBS think an injured Maguire could have played better than Jones, considering that all Maguire usually does is stroll around (what Jones did) and pass a five-yard pass to a team-mate (what Jones couldn’t do).


At the very least, Maguire can still stand and make his presence felt. Jones couldn’t even stay on his feet. 


Also, we’re pretty sure that De Bruyne has ended Jones for good.


It’s good to have hope. Unless it’s the hope that kills you. 


Maybe someone should investigate why Solskjaer continues to select Jones...