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Phil Jones failing to play the offside trap for Manchester United yesterday summed up his entire afternoon.
An image of United's back line attempting to play the offside trap against Sheffield United yesterday has emerged online and Jones is miles out of position.
Phil Jones trying to maintain offside trap ♂️♂️♂️... not surprised though, he is full of such shitty defending #OleOut #SHUMUN pic.twitter.com/7yIsQGp9HS
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Jones is in fact playing Lys Mousset onside and is disconnected from centre-back partners Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire.
The England international endured a torrid 45 minutes against 'The Blades' and saw himself hooked at half-time for Jesse Lingard.
Damn Phil Jones first neutralised the offside trap by staying 5 yards behind the line and then let the attacker get goalside despite having two yards on him. This guy is a disease. Absolute disease.
- - (@omairraslam) November 24, 2019
Mousset caused Jones all sorts of problems in the first half and it was him who bullied Jones to the ground in the build-up Chris Wilder's side's first goal.
Jones was out-muscled by the 23-year-old who darted into the United box and made the cross which led to John Fleck's strike.
BLADES PUT MAN UNITED TO THE SWORD! ⚔️
Mousset gets in behind Jones and pulls it back for Fleck to eventually scramble over the line.
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The 27-year-old has seen his chances in United's defence limited this season following Maguire's arrival.
Many United fans lamented his inclusion yesterday and believed Axel Tuanzebe should have started in the three man defence.
The game ended 3-3 at Bramall Lane in a thrilling spectacle.
Mousett doubled the home side's lead early in the second half and seemed to wrap the game up.
But United fired back with three strikes in ten minutes from Brandon Williams, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.
But there was to be one final twist when substitute Oli McBurie fired home in the final moments to ensure the points were shared.
Despite the comeback, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was furious with the way his side performed in the first half.
Per The Metro, he said:
"I was angry, disappointed, you had to wake them up.
"You had to do something about it. I could have changed every player at half-time, apart from the keeper."
The one man he did change was Jones and it's not hard to see why.
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