Phil Jones arrested for theft at Old Trafford

by Sam Peoples

Is Phil Jones a defender playing in midfield or a midfielder playing in defence?

He may insist that the centre of defence is his best position but your guess is as good as mine. Against Arsenal, Jones was imperious in both positions.

Playing Jones as a mobile midfielder isn’t a new trick. Last season, Sir Alex Ferguson deployed him to devastating effect against the likes of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo where he shackled their performances and he did the same against Arsenal.

In a game that looked very tough on paper up against the most in-form midfield in the league, he was nothing short of magnificent. It didn’t take him long to let Arsenal know what they were in for with a foul after 11 seconds and for the first 45 minutes, Jones was everywhere.

If he wasn’t hounding down the Arsenal player in possession, he was galloping forward with some fantastic driving runs that our midfield has so desperately lacked for years now.

For all his ability, Mesut Ozil couldn’t cope with him or the occasion. Jones stole Ozil and had him firmly in his backpocket for the whole of the first half, the German midfielder didn’t know what to do.

In typical Jones fashion, he looked equally as comfortable when a nasty injury to Nemanja Vidic forced him back into defence alongside Jonny Evans.

Up against some sustained pressure from Arsenal, he didn’t crack at all and looked very composed. If you tuned in at half time, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Jones had played there for the whole match.

Performances like that from Jones are what has endeared him to United fans and at a time where our midfield is still so thin in numbers, having the option of Jones when needed has showed just how important he is to the squad.

Update: It is unknown whether Jones let Ozil out of his backpocket to make the return trip back to London.

Image: Twitter/ sir_ysh

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