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Phil Jones might not be the best defender ever but he's become a fan favourite of pretty much most fans because of his wonderfully comic facial expressions, and he was at his best against Wolves on Tuesday night.
"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."
That might sound like a made up quote or a 'Didn't Happen of the Year' nomination but it's a genuine quote from Sir Alex Ferguson the night that Manchester United beat Aston Villa to secure Fergie's 12th Premier League title in 2013 about Phil Jones.
Six years on and the idea of Jones being United's 'best ever player' seems rather laughable. In fact often the the 27 year old has been a lightning rod for things going badly at Old Trafford.
It's not that the former Blackburn Rovers youngster is a bad player, far from it, but he hasn't lived up to Fergie's opinion of him over half a decade ago.
In face rather than being famous for his brilliant defending Jones is better known for his caricature esque facial expressions whilst playing.
On Tuesday night he was involved in Chris Smalling's own goal winner for Wolves against United and the slow-mo replay of his reaction to the goal is pure gold!
Ren fotballkunst fra Phil Jones :heart_eyes: pic.twitter.com/1clFvLPBpO- TV 2 Sporten (@2sporten) April 3, 2019
Spotting this Phil Jones face from the replay made me feel a lot less angry inside. pic.twitter.com/Rzt6V2uswP- Rich Leigh (@RichLeigh) April 2, 2019
Jones and Smalling have both signed new deals at Old Trafford this summer but with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the hunt for a centre back, as his predecessor Jose Mourinho was, the pair could find their futures in question in the summer.
The same could be said for Ashley Young. The 33 year old was sent off in the loss to Wolves, which puts United's top four hopes under question, and looked out of sorts.
Will Jones and his teammates be smiling their way into top four at the end of the season or gurning over the start to the season stopping them earn a Champions League spot for next season?
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