Manchester United have just one game left to play this campaign, and it is a big one. Jose Mourinho’s side head to Stockholm to take on Ajax in the Europa League final, with everyone vying for a start in the biggest game of our first season under the guidance of the self-proclaimed Special One.
One man who has been in and out of the team for one reason or another is Phil Jones. The English centre-half spent the start of the season on the treatment table, and suffered from a couple of lengthy injuries during the campaign.
When he did play, the former Blackburn Rovers man put in some brilliant performances, particularly alongside Eric Bailly as they went on a long unbeaten run as a duo.
However, in total, Jones has played 26 games across all competitions this season which is far less than half of the total amount of games we’ve played as a club. Now, the 25-year-old has admitted he would have liked to have played more games; which is perfectly understandable.
“I still would’ve liked to play more this season,” he told Manchester United’s official website. “I’ve picked up a few injuries that were unfortunate, shall we say. Still I feel I’ve had a good season. When I’ve played, I feel like we went on a run of 25 games unbeaten. Every time I started I think we lost once until I came back against Arsenal. I think I’ve had a good season; hopefully, I can play more next season and be better.
When he made the move to Old Trafford, big things were expected of Jones. In the first year, we witnessed how talented of a player he can be. It feels as though injuries have definitely held him back recently though, and that is a shame.
It is nice to see him remaining hungry about succeeding at Manchester United and I still believe that he is good enough to play here. He has to get over these problems though, because Mourinho definitely won’t tolerate it for much longer. He is no good to anyone whilst he is out of action.