“A lot of people have made fun of him” – Michael Owen defends Manchester United man, says he is ‘perfect’ for modern times

Soccer expert Michael Owen has praised Manchester United central defender Phil Jones following the latter’s return to first-team action.

Jones was arguably the Red Devils’ best player during the Premier League’s 1-0 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this week. The Englishman, playing for the first time in nearly two years, was excellent at the back and received tremendous applause from the Old Trafford faithful at full time.

Speaking to the Stadium Astro (via Manchester Evening News), Owen said:

“He is still a very good player. Many people have made fun of him. He mocked him; his injury history is not very good. We know its quality, although many people make fun of it. We know that he is a very talented player in his day ”.

Phil Jones’ game in numbers vs. Wolves: 90% passing accuracy 60 touches 8 duels played 7 duels won 7 ball recoveries 3 tackles 3 shots blocked 2 punts 2 interceptions 1 shot He played well on his return to flank. 💪 https://t.co/22oYyn1fRp

The only reason Jones played the Wolves was due to fitness issues faced by Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof. However, Owen believes the 29-year-old is ‘perfect’ for modern times, saying:

“It looked very good. Very fast. Almost the perfect defender for modern times. “

The Manchester United defense has been a constant source of concern this season. Raphael Varane, who arrived last summer, has struggled to get regular playing time due to injuries. Maguire has been hugely prone to errors, while many fans believe that Lindelof and Bailly are not good enough to be a part of the club.

Jones’ impressive return gives the Red Devils faithful some reason to cheer. However, Manchester United will know that he is not the long-term solution to their defensive woes, considering their fitness problems and injuries.

Phil Jones has won multiple titles with Manchester United

Jones is the longest-serving player on the current Manchester United squad, having been with the club since 2011. Despite being devastated by injury problems in recent years, he was destined for greatness when signed by first time.

The center-back has played 225 times for the Red Devils in the last ten years, scoring six goals and giving ten assists. Jones has also won 27 games for England, the last time he played for them at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Phil Jones excited after making his first appearance for Manchester United in almost 2 years 🥺❤https: //t.co/5IkYQyXUsI

He has also won numerous honors with the club, having been part of the last Manchester United squad to win the Premier League in the 2012-13 campaign. Apart from that, Jones has also won the FA Cup, the Carabao Cup, the UEFA Europa League and two Community Shields.


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