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Phil Jones Names His Dream Manchester United Five-A-Side Team, Leaves Out Cristiano Ronaldo

Daniel Marland

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Phil Jones Names His Dream Manchester United Five-A-Side Team, Leaves Out Cristiano Ronaldo

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Manchester United defender Phil Jones has picked his dream five-a-side team and left out current teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

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The 30-year-old moved to Old Trafford from Blackburn Rovers in 2011 and despite his injury issues, he's played with his fair share of world class players.

Jones was part of the United side to last win the Premier League in 2013 and when asked to name his five-a-side team by ManUtd.com, Jones opted for three of his teammates in that season.

He picked Nemanja Vidic in defence, Paul Scholes in midfield then went with Wayne Rooney up front.

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Image Credit: Alamy

Making up the numbers were goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar and centre back Steve Bruce.

It means there's no space for Ronaldo, who scored 24 goals in all competitions this season after returning from Juventus last summer.

United had a miserable campaign overall, finishing sixth with their lowest-ever Premier League points tally, but it'll be one Jones looks back on fondly.

He made his first appearance in over 700 days against Wolverhampton Wanderers back in January and would go on to feature four more times under interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

Jones has 12 months remaining on his deal but it's expected he'll be moved on by new manager Erik ten Hag in the summer.

United have been linked with a move for Ajax youngster Jurrien Timber as well as Villarreal defender Pau Torres as they look to bolster their leaky defence.

A mocked figure throughout his career, Jones sat down with the Times in September and discussed how he's become an easy target for abuse.

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Image Credit: Alamy

He said: "I must be an easy target. Every footballer has a tag and unfortunately mine is, ‘Let’s have a laugh at him.’

"But -- and I say this in the nicest possible way -- I know who’ll have the last laugh.

"I’m proud of my career and when it finishes and I’m enjoying my life -- and by the way I’m super fortunate that I’ll be able to do that, because footballers are fortunate -- [the keyboard warriors] will still be in their mum’s spare bedroom, sipping Diet Pepsi that’s flat, eating a Pot Noodle, sitting in their boxers, tweeting.”

As well as the Premier League, Jones has won the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa League.

Topics: Phil Jones, Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney

Daniel Marland
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