Phil Jones’ emotional reaction after making his shock Man United return in defeat by Wolves is caught on camera, with defender tapping the badge and choking back tears after the crowd’s warm response at full-time
- Manchester United’s Champions League hopes took a blow after Wolves defeat
- Defender Phil Jones was handed a surprise start due to United’s crisis at the back
- Despite the result, Jones starred and was treated to a warm reaction at full-time
- Footage after the final whistle shows the centre back emotional as he walked off
Phil Jones was left visibly emotional after walking off following his surprise start for Manchester United in their defeat against Wolves earlier this week.
Centre back Jones lined up from the off for his club for the first time in 708 days after being named in the starting XI, and impressed at Old Trafford.
Having made several clearances and delivered an assured showing, he was treated to a warm response from supporters while heading down the tunnel at full-time.
Phil Jones was left visibly emotional after walking off following Man United’s defeat by Wolves
And a video posted on United’s official Twitter account has revealed how the defender was seemingly overwhelmed by his comeback.
With his head initially bowed, Jones headed off the field in the corner of the stadium, but acknowledged the appreciation sent his way by clapping the crowd.
He also tapped the badge several times, showing his commitment to the Red Devils.
Before featuring against Wolves, Jones last started a match in United’s 6-1 win over Tranmere in the FA Cup in January 2020, having sustained a long-term knee injury.
Walking off the pitch at the final whistle, Jones clapped the crowd and tapped United’s badge
Centre back Jones made a superb surprise return at Old Trafford after almost two years away
After being ruled out for almost two years, the former Blackburn man described his time out as the ‘lowest of his life’, and built up his fitness behind closed doors.
Rio Ferdinand, a former United stalwart, heaped praise on Jones’ recent showing.
‘For someone to come in from the cold like that, you have to tip your hat to someone like that,’ Ferdinand said on Five, his official YouTube channel.
‘They’re 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.
Although Jones (L) was left on the losing side, he was treated to warm reaction at full-time
‘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 tilt 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 today.
‘Albeit, his header was the one that fell to Moutinho’s foot before he scored but I thought he was class for long periods in the game.’
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