I’m not going to speak too soon, well, I suppose I am because I’m writing this article but Jones has come through the international break unscathed having played for England on two occasions. He’s followed up his fantastic three Premier League performances for Manchester United with two games for England and nothing has gone wrong. For me, that’s a major turning point for Jones.
Last year, there was a point during the season where Jones played fantastic only for an injury to cruelly rob him of any momentum. I hope to god that isn’t going to happen to him again because, and say it quietly, he is looking indomitable at the moment – so much so that he’s outshone Eric Bailly in at least one of those three Premier League games.
Jones and Bailly has the hallmarks of a fantastic defensive partnership and one little part of me just hopes it happens. It’s certainly now or never for him isn’t it? If Jones gets another serious injury, I can’t see Jose Mourinho affording him another season and summer of recovery – Jones is at the last chance saloon as far as his United career goes in my opinion but at the moment he’s making the most of that opportunity.
Across the season we will no doubt see some chopping and changing in defence when fixtures continue to build up but if his early form is anything to go by, this could be the season where Jones finally makes good on the potential that saw Sir Alex rate bring him to the club from Blackburn Rovers in the first place.