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Phil Jones worries Manchester United fans with dangerous photo

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Phil Jones gave Manchester United fans a scare on Thursday afternoon after posting a photograph of himself on a high ledge next to a swimming pool while on holiday.

The injury-prone England international, 23, posted the scenic photo alongside the caption: "Chilled Times".

While the picture is admittedly pretty cool, it also looks incredibly dangerous. It's safe to assume that United boss Louis van Gaal, who is unlikely to be posing for similar photos in the Algarve, won't be overly impressed when he sees it.

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Jones is already facing an uncertain future at Old Trafford after a less-than-convincing debut campaign under Van Gaal in which he made 24 appearances in all competitions due to a series of untimely injuries.

The man once tipped to become the best player in Manchester United's history by none other than Sir Alex Ferguson has failed to progress in the manner most expected he would over the past few seasons.

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Phil Jones has problems that need addressing

That doesn't necessarily mean he has turned out to be a bad centre-back; he's still capable of producing very solid performances but simply hasn't been able to do it on a consistent basis.

And then there are the reckless moments and lapses in concentration that, time and time again, have let him down.

This coming season could be a make-or-break for campaign for Jones as a Manchester United player - and he will be desperately hoping Van Gaal gives him another chance to shine instead of forking out big money on a new top quality centre-back such as Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels or Valencia's Nicolas Otamendi.

Chris Smalling managed to turn things around in the second half of the 2014-15 campaign, so there's hope for Jones yet.

United fans concerned by photo

But he hasn't done himself any favours by posting this photo - apart from gaining a bit of extra respect from his 1.91 million Twitter followers.

Concerned United fans, part tongue-in-cheek because of his checkered injury record, replied to the tweet with messages urging him to avoid - yet another - injury.

"Bit close to the edge Phil.....falling and injury beckons," wrote one user.

Another fan replied: "Be careful walking around there Phil, we don't want any injuries."

"For the love of Christ be careful Phil, we know what you're like," another summer up, rather perfectly.

It's imperative that Jones becomes less injury prone to give himself the best possible chance of fulfilling his potential with both Manchester United and England.

While his understanding of the game - including the demands of playing at centre-back against the best forward-lines in both the Premier League and the Champions League - must also improve if he's to finally convince Van Gaal that he is the long-term answer for Manchester United in central defence.

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