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Phil Jones returned to Premier League action on Monday night, and despite Manchester United's poor performance against Wolves, the defender played well.
Jones had previously last played for United in an FA Cup win over Tranmere in January 2019, scoring a goal in the game, and last appeared in the Premier League four days before that in a loss against Burnley.
He finally made his return on Monday, starting in the loss against Wolves, with Joao Moutinho scoring a late winner after a dreadful performance from United.
Whilst it was generally poor all round from United, Jones was one of the few bright spots for Ralf Rangnick's side, with the 29-year-old having his own personal highlights video.
If you had to guess which of this lot hadn't played for two years, you'd go through the majority of them before getting to Phil Jones.— Mark Critchley (@mjcritchley) January 3, 2022
Phil Jones with a better performance than anything I’ve seen from Maguire this season. I’m being deadly serious as well.— ً (@UtdHenry) January 3, 2022
Phil Jones is the only one in red that can leave that pitch with his head held high.— Stretford Paddock (@StretfordPaddck) January 3, 2022
This Phil Jones performance, when you add in the context he hasn’t played in the Premier League for 2 years or any consistent football for 3+, is absolutely incredible.— Jack (@UtdJackkkk) January 3, 2022
Phil Jones’ game numbers vs. Wolves:— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) January 3, 2022
90% pass accuracy
7/8 duels won
7 ball recoveries
3 blocked shots
Stepped up after a long time away. 🤝 pic.twitter.com/csqV1Mplpi
Phil Jones is the ONLY person in that dressing room who can be proud of his performance today.— Breezy🥲🇩🇪 (@BreezyUTD) January 3, 2022
Phil Jones wasn't match fit but he gave 100% and never stopped.— 𝕊𝕥𝕦𝕒𝕣𝕥 (@stuart_humour) January 3, 2022
He played like a player who loves the club.
Acted like a captain should act.
Many wrote him off but he was the best by far..hats off to him...👍👊🇾🇪
Whilst Jones was having the kind of performance that would have delighted United fans, one of his fellow defenders was not given the same analysis.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was criticised following the match and the right back has struggled to be a first choice starter under Rangnick, with Diogo Dalot preferred in the position.
Wan-Bissaka's fellow full back, Luke Shaw, gave as honest assessment of the team as possible after the match and it hinted at the problems at United.
The loss was the second time in three games that the side had dropped points, after the draw to Newcastle United, and left them 22 points behind rivals Manchester City.
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