Phil Jones’ seven biggest blunders with Man Utd outcast back in the picture

Interim manager Ralf Rangnick has named Phil Jones in the Manchester United line-up for the first time in almost two years as the Red Devils face off against Wolves in the Premier League on Monday evening.

The 29-year-old, famed for his gurning faces and impressive own goal collection, last featured for United in their 6-0 hammering over then-League One side Tranmere Rovers in 2020.

Jones netted the fourth goal as Man Utd easily secured safe passage through to the fifth round of the competition, but he has not been seen since, having endured a lengthy spell on the side lines due to injury.

A long-standing knee problem saw him miss the entirety of the 20/21 campaign though the outcast centre-back is set to return to the first-team squad once again tonight – 707 days after his last appearance.

A £16m signing by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2011, Jones has often been scrutinised by the Old Trafford faithful for his abnormal defending techniques and calamitous own goals.

Daily Star Sport reflects on Phil Jones’ seven biggest blunders at Manchester United…

7. Tussling with Arnautovic

Kicking off our list with a classic Phil Jones moment, the centre-back was caught tripping over the pitch side carpet after engaging in a tussle with West Ham hardman Marko Arnautovic back in 2018.

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Though the 0-0 affair probably won't be replayed on Premier League years, the defender still managed to provide a memorable anecdote – hitting the turf in style when getting shrugged off the ball.

Following the tussle, near the West Ham dugout, Jones managed to catch his left foot underneath the carpet, tumbling him into the deck and face planting the floor.

6. Getting embarrassed by Kevin De Bruyne

The only own goal on this list that wasn't put in by Jones, Man Utd's no.4 was completely embarrassed by Kevin De Bruyne as Manchester City ran riot at Old Trafford in the EFL Cup in 2020.

Missing a tackle on the halfway line, Jones was forced to race back to his own penalty area to try and prevent De Bruyne from shooting.

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Though the United man ended up making a complete fool of himself as the City star sat him down on the floor before getting his shot away.

Jones was left scrambling back to his feet as De Bruyne simply shimmied the ball onto his left foot before firing a fierce shot at David De Gea.

And while the Spaniard was able to save the initial effort, he was rendered helpless as the ball ricocheted off Andreas Pereira and into the net.

5. Own goal against Tottenham

The Red Devils got off to the worst possible start against Tottenham in 2018, finding themselves 1-0 down after just 11 seconds.

Having lost the initial header in a challenge with Harry Kane, Jones also failed to track the run of Christian Eriksen who simply slotted into the net from close range to send Wembley wild inside the opening minute.

Things then went from bad to worse for the United centre-back when he scored a sensational own goal to double Spurs' lead.

A Kieron Trippier cross was arrowed into the top corner by Jones who chose the wrong foot to clear the ball, giving 'keeper De Gea no chance.

Tottenham won the match 2-0 with Jones dropped for the subsequent visit of Huddersfield the following match.

4. Being humiliated by Arsenal's U23s

Arsenal's latest breakout star Charlie Patino hit the headlines last month by netting his first for the Gunners in the 5-1 mauling of League One Sunderland in the League Cup.

But the teenager was another source of embarrassment for Phil Jones in September when the United defender was building up his match fitness after recovering from his knee injury.

Playing for the Red Devils' under 23 side, Jones featured alongside Dean Henderson in the Man Utd line-up but both senior pros were powerless to prevent them from falling to a 3-1 defeat.

Winning the ball back in midfield, Patino enjoys a blitzing run past three defenders, including former England international Jones, before delicately dinking the ball over Henderson to score.

3. Own goal versus Newcastle

Already heading for defeat at St. James' Park, Phil Jones' evening was compounded by a spectacular own goal when he hilariously headed past Anders Lindegaard under no pressure from the Newcastle frontline.

Tim Krul's pumped free-kick forward was poorly dealt with by Jones, who stooped and headed past his own keeper to add to Manchester United's misery.

Jones would not play centre-back under Sir Alex Ferguson for the rest of the season and the vociferous Scotsman dropped him from the squad entirely for four of United's next five fixtures.

2. Own goal against Valencia

Ahh another own goal for Phil Jones and the last one of his impressive tally on this list.

Only topped by the infamous Phil Jones moment, his own goal against Valencia gifted the Spanish side a 2-0 lead in the Champions League.

With United 'keeper Sergio Romero dashing from his goal line to clear the ball, Jones slid in to clear the ball but only diverted it past the onrushing Argentine and into the net.

United would still qualify for the knockout stages of the competition by finishing as Group H runners-up behind Juventus.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side then defeated PSG in the last 16 in dramatic circumstances before crashing out against Barcelona in the quarterfinals.

1. Famous floor header against Arsenal

Phil Jones' most accomplished piece of defending to date.

The 29-year-old produced one of the most unorthodox tackles ever seen in the Premier League against Arsenal in 2015, contesting the ball with his head while Olivier Giroud tried to run past him.

Falling to the floor after a tussle in the air, Jones refused to give up the chase.

On all fours when crawling back towards his goal line, the United man headed a grounded ball off the leg of Giroud and behind for a goal kick.

None more so has the art of defending ever been as evident.

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