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On This Day In 2015, Phil Jones Blessed Us With A Truly Heroic Piece Of Defending

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On This Day In 2015, Phil Jones Blessed Us With A Truly Heroic Piece Of Defending

On this day in 2015, Manchester United defender Phil Jones gave us one of the most iconic defensive moments in Premier League history during a clash against Arsenal.

It was a far-from-memorable afternoon at Old Trafford in terms of quality on the pitch.

Ander Herrera's first-half strike gave Louis van Gaal's side a deserved lead, but a deflected Theo Walcott cross meant the spoils were shared with both sides already guaranteed Champions League football.

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The game was, however, resurrected by a flying 'head-tackle' from Phil Jones in the 21st minute.

After initially slipping in a one-on-one battle with Olivier Giroud, the former Blackburn man made up for his error by heroically throwing himself to the ground, before eventually getting a touch to the ball with his head.

For me, it might be one of the most underrated pieces of defending in recent memory. For example, if John Terry or Rio Ferdinand had put their body on the line with such commitment, would it be seen as funny?

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Away from that heroic moment, Jones made several headlines (for all the wrong reasons) during Louis van Gaal's entertaining, albeit bizarre time at Old Trafford, including the fact he was once United's designated corner taker.

In a 2015 Premier League game at QPR, fans were stunned to see the centre-back whipping one into the box.

While Jones did not attempt to get down and head the ball in from his corners, he may as well have done. The 6ft 2in centre-back lobbed one directly into the path of the first QPR player in his path.

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Jones, who last played for United in January 2020 during a 6-1 win against Tranmere in the FA Cup, has been plagued with injuries during a ten-year spell at Old Trafford, with his most recent knee injury keeping him out for 339 days and counting.

Topics: Football, Manchester United, Phil Jones, Premier League, Arsenal

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