It’s common these days for football fans to whip out their phones when a player steps up to take a penalty or free-kick - many Manchester United fans would have done so last night when Anthony Martial was fouled just outside the area.
And when he’s not playing, Phil Jones proved he is a fan too by filming Juan Mata’s free-kick.
The Spaniard’s shot flew into the far corner of Watford’s goal and Jones caught it all on camera. You can check out the defender’s camera skills by scrolling down the page.
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Check out Jones' footage
We believe that’s Jones screaming “YEAHHHHH” louder than everyone else around him. He had just watched his teammate put United level on points with fourth-placed Manchester City, after all.
The video, posted to his Instagram and Twitter pages, came with the caption: “Juanittoooooo @JuanMata8 Big 3 points @ManUtd”.
It certainly was. The odds of United finishing in the top four looked bleak a matter of weeks ago, but back-to-back wins over Arsenal and Watford has left City, and even the third-placed Gunners, anxiously looking over their shoulder.
Those wins arrived after United secured their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals and Europa League last 16.
What once appeared doom and gloom at Old Trafford is now rather rosy.
There’s still a lot of work to be done, of course, but United are growing in confidence and may have found a secret gem in 18-year-old striker Marcus Rashford.
The youngster burst onto the scene with a brace against FC Midtjylland and proved that Thursday night wasn’t just his lucky day by scoring twice against Arsenal three days later.
The average age of the United team that beat Quique Sanchez Flores’ Hornets was 23, per the Daily Mail, and Louis van Gaal praised the young stars that have come into the team, including Rashford and Tim Fosu-Mensah, also 18.
“I think the youngsters give us a lot of spirit,” Van Gaal said, per the Mail. “You see the joy, all the players are laughing and it’s beautiful to see. It shall accelerate the recoveries of the players.”
Anthony Martial (20), Guillermo Varela and Memphis Depay (both 22) also started against Watford as United continue to suffer with injuries.
Jones is one of 11 first-team players out heading into the weekend clash at West Brom and only Chris Smalling is likely to play of the injured bunch.
The next Class of '92?
But, not for the first time in the club’s history, the kids are getting the job done.
The turnaround in the club’s fortunes has left executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward with a decision on his hands. Reports claim the club already have a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with Jose Mourinho to replace Van Gaal at the end of the season, but can United dump Van Gaal if he wins them the Europa League and FA Cup while bringing through the stars of tomorrow?