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Philip Jones | Defensemen

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/21/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 157

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Phil Jones has been in and out of the line-up all season and he returned again against Liverpool with a big game in United's 3-0 win.
The England defender contributed six interceptions, three tackles won and a blocked shot to Manchester United's clean sheet. He wasn't nearly as important to that clean sheet as David De Gea but fantasy managers will like to see Jones back. When he has been healthy this season he has generally been very effective at accumulating large phantom point totals even when United weren't keeping clean sheets. Now that things appear to be moving in the right direction overall, Jones could be even more effective. Wed, Dec 17, 2014 03:01:00 PM

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Manchester United's central defense is starting to get healthy with Phil Jones joining Jonny Evans as potential partners for Marcos Rojo.

Jonny Evans made a surprising return to action as a substitute against Southampton when Chris Smalling went out with a groin strain. Now Louis Van Gaal will feel like he is awash in options as Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Paddy McNair, Tyler Blackett and Marcos Rojo are all available to play center back. Given that Jones is just returning and Evans hasn't logged many minutes yet either it seems likely that Evans will start and go about 60 minutes with Jones coming in to ensure that neither is asked to do too much coming off of their respective injuries.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 04:16:00 PM

Manchester United defender Phil Jones missed Sundays’ draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford after a repetitive strain injury excluded him from the match-day squad – the latest in a long line of problems for the England international.

Post-match Louis van Gaal confirmed the £17 million defender was missing because of shin splints with the Dutch coach unable to give any clear indication of when Phil Jones will return to action. The injury itself is a common footballing overuse injury which responds well to conservative treatment – rest / strengthening / stretching with a gradual increase in load – rehab can range from weeks to months potentially. With Chris Smalling returning to the eleven on Sunday plus Jonny Evans and Paddy McNair approaching full fitness the defensive situation [for the moment at least] doesn’t look too bad.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 05:22:00 PM

The good news is the Phil Jones returned to the starting line-up, the bad news is that the results weren't great.

The first goal that Manchester United allowed appeared to be more of a breakdown of the left side of the defense with Angel Di Maria and Luke Shaw both caught out of position. The second goal was mostly a result of Rafael not being on the same page with his central defenders and allowing Saido Berahino to run behind the center backs and still be onside for a breakaway. Neither would indicate that Jones was at fault for either goal per se but Louis Van Gaal will have hoped for a better overall showing from Jones and the defense in general as they come back to health.
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 01:10:00 PM

Center back Phil Jones is available to ease Louis Van Gaal's defensive crisis as he returns to availability after being absent since mid-September.

It will be fascinating to see how LVG lines up as his walking wounded get healthy. It seems likely that he will have both Phil Jones and Ander Herrera back from injury as well as Tyler Blackett back from suspension. The Dutch manager has been playing a 4-4-2 in recent weeks and it is unclear whether that is a strategic move now that he knows his personnel better or a tactical decision based on the unavailability of his best central defenders due to injuries. Jones seems likely to partner Rojo centrally with Luke Shaw and Rafael out wide.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 01:26:00 PM

Phil Jones's hamstring will keep him out of the Manchester United line-up through the end of September and possibly into October.

The England defender's hamstring injury will keep him out of action in Week 5 for sure and likely through the next international break in early October as well. Jones has started the season well despite United's overall weakness in defense. He looked like the only defender healthy in the early-going that looked like he might survive to feature in LVG's 3-5-2.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 08:13:00 PM

Phil Jones, who was questionable with a hamstring complaint coming off of England duty, has been officially ruled out for the Week 4 match against QPR.

Manchester United will be breathing a sigh of relief that Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Luke Shaw are all available because their holdover defenders - Phil Jones and Chris Smalling - are both out for Week 4 with injuries. It is likely that the starting defense will include Valencia, Blackett, Evans, Rojo, and Shaw across the back with Blind in midfield. It wouldn't be out of the question that Blind could come in for Valencia instead though.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 01:36:00 PM

Phil Jones, who came out of England's 2-0 win over Switzerland in the 77th minute with a hamstring complaint, will be assessed leading up to United's Week 4 home match against QPR.

United's defense appeared to be rounding back into shape with Jonny Evans having returned in Week 3, Luke Shaw reportedly ready to play and Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind now in the fold and eligible. Just as soon as Louis Van Gaal thought he might have all of his options available, he faces a potential set-back. Phil Jones, United's best defender so far this season, will have his hamstring assessed ahead the weekend's match with QPR. At least United get an extra day for Jones to recover with their match not scheduled until Sunday.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 03:21:00 PM

Despite a rotten showing from his team, Phil Jones managed to score well for fantasy managers without the benefit of a clean sheet, goal or assist.

There are certainly worries all over the pitch for Manchester United supporters and fantasy managers who own United players alike but Phil Jones wasn't one of them in Week 1. He managed to fill the stat sheet with interceptions (4) and tackles (4) as well as being fouled by Swansea players (4 times). In the Yahoo format that led to 11 points which is a very solid performance for a defender on a losing team. The only immediate concern is whether the arrival of Marcos Rojo and return of Jonny Evans to full health will impact Jones' playing time. For the record, I don't think either will have an impact but we don't know what Louis Van Gaal thinks of his central defenders yet since he hasn't had enough where he's been able to show a preference.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 10:23:00 AM

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has a shoulder ligament injury and England boss Roy Hodgson will have to make a difficult decision in naming his World Cup squad.

Jones is able to train but risks further damage to the shoulder. In situations like these, the athletes are often willing to play through the injury and it's up to the manager to make a difficult decision on whether to use the player. Considering England has better options ahead of Jones, we can see this decision going either way. In the meantime, Jones will not be available for Manchester's final match of the season on Sunday.
Thu, May 8, 2014 06:46:00 PM

Phil Jones is on the way to a hospital after picking up a shoulder injury in Manchester's match against Hull City today.

Jones left the match early in the first half after picking up the injury and was replaced by Nemanja Vidic. He was part of an odd starting XI that Ryan Giggs put out to face Hull and no Manchester Player is guaranteed a starting spot in the final match of the season. With that in mind, even if Jones is healthy by the weekend, we wouldn't recommend him. On the other side of the spectrum, we can't see a shoulder injury keeping Jones out for more than the summer so even the worst case scenario should see him return for the beginning of next season.
Tue, May 6, 2014 03:30:00 PM

Manchester United's attack and defense got a boost in Week 29 with the return of Phil Jones who scored and played a part in a clean sheet in the Red Devils' 3-0 win.

Manchester United have struggled at the back in recent matches but the return of Phil Jones offers hope as the team rolled to an easy 3-0 win over hapless West Brom. Jones' return allowed David Moyes to rest Nemanja Vidic and leave Rio Ferdinand out of the squad entirely and the difference was evident. It will be interesting to see if they can keep the momentum going with Liverpool their next opponent.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 09:56:00 PM

Phil Jones and Jonny Evans will not miss a match this weekend but are both still on the road to recovery with Evans about a week away and Jones closer to two weeks away.

David Moyes will be very happy that Manchester United don't face rivals City this weekend as scheduled. Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have looked lost when playing together at center back in recent days and neither Evans nor Jones are ready to replace either veteran defender in the starting eleven. One can only imagine how bad the scoreline might get if City's attacking force were to play the defensive unit that allowed Olympiokos to score twice.
Source: @Physioroom
Fri, Feb 28, 2014 03:56:00 PM

Phil Jones will miss Manchester United's trip to the Emirates with a calf injury.

The defender/holding midfielder, who went off in United's loss to Stoke City after an ugly clash of heads with Jon Walters, will miss out on the Red Devil's trip to London with a calf injury. With Jonny Evans also missing due to the same injury, United will field a makeshift defense in a match that they will want to win badly after their late capitulation against Fulham at Old Trafford over the weekend. Jones should be back for United's next match.
Wed, Feb 12, 2014 10:33:00 AM

Phil Jones clashed heads with Jon Walters late in the first half and had to be stretchered off with an apparent concussion.

With Nemanja Vidic suspended and Jonny Evans already off with a calf issue, the loss of Phil Jones meant that Manchester United had to play with a central defensive pairing of Michael Carrick and Chris Smalling. Stoke City aren't known for their attacking prowess but United's makeshift defense made them look pretty strong. United are lucky that Fulham visit Old Trafford next week but will want a fully healthy defense in two weeks time when they visit the Emirates. More news on all of United's injuries later in the week as it becomes available.
Sat, Feb 1, 2014 06:06:00 PM