Phil Jones produced another commanding display at the back during Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Leicester City on Saturday.
The Englishman, alongside the formidable Eric Bailly, didn’t brilliantly to quash the direct, physical threat posed by Leicester going forward.
He kept Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki remarkably quiet and notably kept tabs on Riyad Mahrez, who got the better of Daley Blind on several occasions in the second half.
And his stats tell the story of what was another indomitable display at the back from the 25-year-old.
Phil Jones game by numbers vs. Leicester:
96% pass accuracy
2 aerial duels won
1 clean sheet
0 fouls committed pic.twitter.com/ee20PdxHnF
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 26, 2017
We are currently witnessing the unmistakeable yet painfully fragile brilliance of Jones in a United shirt. The Englishman, ever since arriving from Blackburn as a teenager, has possessed a raw, inbuilt capacity to bludgeon defenders out of any game, but with that comes a proneness to injury that is simply too prevalent to overlook.
This is why I can never watch a commanding Jones performance and feel completely at ease. At any moment, you sense, the bubble can pop. Uncertainty and steeliness come hand in hand.
But one thing is clear: Jones and Bailly are building a truly special partnership at the back – but how long will it last?