Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick backed to U-turn on Phil Jones plan after ‘class’ performance

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Manchester United hero Rio Ferdinand has backed manager Ralf Rangnick to switch up his plans for Phil Jones, who may have been considered for a January exit over the coming weeks. The 29-year-old impressed on Monday evening in his first Premier League appearance for almost two years, despite the Red Devils’ disappointing result. 

Throughout the last two years, it looked as though there was no way back for Jones at United. 

In fact, given that his contract is due to run until 2023, it looked as though there was no possibility of a return anywhere for Jones, with a complete absence of game time to impress interested parties. 

But on Monday evening, Rangnick needed cover for the injured trio of Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly, so the former Blackburn Rovers youngster was called upon. 

Despite United’s disappointing 1-0 defeat against Wolves, many were quick to praise the centre-back for his performance. 

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Ferdinand, whose United career overlaps with Jones’ by three years, was among them.

“For someone to come in from the cold like that, you have to tip your hat to someone like that,” he said on his Vibe with Five podcast. 

“They were playing him maybe to put him in the shop window, first and foremost, but if he plays well enough, the manager might change his mind. That can happen in football very quickly.

“I’m just pleased he got through the game unscathed, no injuries.


“He put in a decent performance after such a long time out, not easy to do. So you’ve got to tip your hat to Phil Jones.

“He’s come in for a lot of stick, a lot of my words have been misinterpreted a little bit – but you’ve got to say ‘well done’ in terms of the amount of time he’s been off the pitch, to come in and play in the Premier League and play at the standard he did.

“Albeit his header was the one that fell to [Joao] Moutinho’s foot before he scored, but I thought he [Jones] was class for long periods in the game.”

Indeed, Rangnick’s primary thinking may have been that Jones’ run-out could give United the chance to sell him on this month. 

But after a period of underwhelming results under the German, many have suggested that they could be wise to hold onto him instead. 

Before Monday evening, the defender had only registered two Premier League appearances since the 2018/19 season due to injury issues. 

It remains to be seen whether he will be given more chances to prove his worth, with an FA Cup third-round tie against Aston Villa less than a week away. 

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