Phil Jones' career summed up by quotes from Sir Alex Ferguson and Graeme Souness


Manchester United fell to another defeat in the Champions League this season, losing 2-1 away to Valencia and to be honest going out with a whimper.

Jose Mourinho decided to make quite a few changes due to injuries and the fact that United are up against Liverpool at the weekend.

With a chance for the likes of Andreas Pereira, Fred and Marcos Rojo to potentially cement a regular first team place, it was a surprise to a performance so lethargic and clumsy. 

One player in particular who epitomised the performance of the Red Devils was Phil Jones. 

The England international scored his fifth own goal for the club and reaffirmed his place on social media as the brunt of yet another joke.

Sir Alex Ferguson once tipped the defender to be one of the best United had ever seen shortly after his highly-anticipated transfer from Blackburn Rovers.

"Jones, arguably the way he is looking, could be our best ever player. I think Jones may be one of the best players we have ever had, not matter where we play him. At 21 years of age, he is going to be a phenomenal player. I think he can play anywhere on the pitch," Fergie said after United clinched their latest league title in 2013.


However, this bold assessment from arguably the greatest manager in the history of the sport has fallen rather flat.

He and fellow defender Chris Smalling were both tipped to be not only the new 'Ferdinand and Vidic' for United but also England's centre-back pairing.

Due to both failing to reach their potential and having a mistake-littered career thus far, the two ended up becoming an unintentional comedy duo which manifested into a plethora of comical videos going viral on social media.

Graeme Souness summed up the general consensus of how football fans feel about Phil Jones after the Valencia game five years on and unfortunately it pales in comparison.

"He spends a lot of time on his back-side Phil Jones...Clumsy...not just tonight, for me he spends too much time on his backside...It's not a good sign when a defender goes to ground...Stay big," the ex-Liverpool player told Virgin Media.

Valencia v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Group H

Don't misconstrue this for the fact that Jones has had a poor career or is even a poor player but for the unbridled potential the United defender once possessed, it is fair to say at 26 years of age his time in football has been rather unfulfilled.

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