Phil Jones Suffers Friction Burn On His Forehead After Faceplanting Ground Against Reading
In a career full of trips, slips and funny faces, an incident during Saturday afternoon's FA Cup tie between Manchester United and Reading will go down in history.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave centre-back Phil Jones the nod this weekend, and it didn't take long for Jones to make an impact in the third round tie.
In the first half, the 26-year-old genuinely face-planted the Old Trafford turf as he challenged for the ball near the touchline.
The memes followed in their thousands as United progressed in the competition with a 2-0 win, but that wasn't the end for Phil Jones.
It's 2019 and Phil Jones is still playing for Manchester United and defending like this. pic.twitter.com/FFZvySam0w- Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) January 5, 2019
Even Phil Jones is taking the piss out of Liverpool - No Goal! pic.twitter.com/Gs2EDmMwqJ- Guardiolista :tm: (@Guardiolista01) January 6, 2019
Hours after the full-time whistle, a picture of the United squad emerged on social media ahead of their flight to Dubai for warm weather training.
In turn, many spotted that Jones had suffered friction burn from the faceplant incident, as he posed alongside Chris Smalling, Angel Gomes, Lee Grant and debutant Tahith Chong.
You couldn't make it up.
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:flag_black: MAN- Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 5, 2019
DWC :flag_ae: pic.twitter.com/ywdOHS0aFB
You can still see Phil Jones' grass burns from today's game. :joy: pic.twitter.com/nGUFpNVKLc- Ryan. :red_circle: (@Vintage_Utd) January 5, 2019
Jones was once touted for big things at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson decided to splash a reported £16.5 million on the centre-back after being impressed with his leadership skills during their 1-1 draw on the final game of the 2010/11 season.
Ferguson himself even went as far as saying the young defender could flourish into Manchester United's 'greatest ever' player. Now that was a bold statement.
"Jones, arguably the way he is looking, could be our best ever player." Ferguson said when they signed him.
"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.
"He has such a massive influence, with his instinct and reading of the game. He has a drive about him."
The 26-year-old has shown glimpses of what Fergie was talking about all those years ago, but has never really established himself in the world class bracket, thanks to mistake after mistake.
And the odd face-plant here and there.