13 of Phil Jones’ most comical and calamitous moments at Man United
Phil Jones has won every major domestic trophy in his eight years at Manchester United – but he has also developed a reputation for slapstick moments.
The 28-year-old was once touted for a big future at Old Trafford, and he loved to put his body on the line and throw himself into challenges.
However, that can sometimes lead to a few gaffes so we’ve compiled 13 of the defender’s most hilarious antics.
There was no other place to start.
Jones produces one of the most unorthodox pieces of defending we’ve ever seen but it’s still very effective as he wins a goal kick for United.
Manchester United have struggled to covert their penalties this season but we’re pretty confident that they won’t be turning to Phil Jones for help.
The defender stepped up to take a penalty during the League Cup shootout against Sunderland, but he blasted his effort high and into the stands.
In his defence, most centre-backs aren’t very good at taking penalties. Well unless you’re Sergio Ramos.
— Dan Tracey (@dantracey1983) January 23, 2014
If you thought Jones taking a penalty was weird, then let’s remind you of the time when Louis Van Gaal decided to put the defender on corners.
One of the weirdest things to ever happen on a football pitch. Phil Jones taking a corner 😂 pic.twitter.com/ZGcive8bzp
— Devils of United 🔰 (@DevilsOfUnited) April 1, 2019
United’s goalless draw with West Ham in 2018 wasn’t very eventful but Jones was still able to provide one entertaining moment.
After tussling for the ball with Marko Arnautovic, the defender tripped on a bit of pitchside carpet and fell into a heap on the floor. Poor Phil.
Another cracking facial expression from Phil Jones as Aguero scored. The gift that keeps on giving! pic.twitter.com/PtEWitqC0G
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) April 8, 2013
Jones isn’t known for his efforts in front of the opponents’ goal but pre-season is all about trying new things ahead of the upcoming season.
The defender ambitiously attempted to score with an overhead kick during United’s game with Kristiansund and it didn’t exactly go to plan. It was worth an effort though.
Valencia own goal
The defender slid in as Sergio Romero rushed out of his area, but he pushed the ball past his goalkeeper and into his own net. Batshuayi couldn’t believe his luck.
Jones also became the first Manchester United player to score an own goal in the Champions League since Phil Jones in 2011.
Oh dear… This is turning into a bit of a disaster for Man Utd 👀
A Phil Jones own goal from outside the box makes it 2-0 to Valencia… pic.twitter.com/Mm0PHRmq47
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 12, 2018
We probably shouldn’t laugh but…
— Out of Context Manchester United (@nocontextunited) November 15, 2019
Spurs own goal
Jones diverted Trippier’s cross past the goalkeeper with a brilliant and instinctive finish that most strikers would be proud of.
However, the only problem was that it was into the wrong goal.
I don’t think we’ll ever get tired of seeing Jones’ brilliant facial expressions.
Never change, Phil.
Ren fotballkunst fra Phil Jones 😍 pic.twitter.com/1clFvLPBpO
— TV 2 Sporten (@2sporten) April 3, 2019
Jones always seem to a find a way to end up on the floor. However, on this occasion he was left with a friction burn on his forehead after he crashed face first into the turf. Ouch.
Manchester United's Phil Jones suffers friction burn on his FOREHEAD after faceplanting on the Old Trafford turf during FA Cup win over Reading pic.twitter.com/Tsi6xHXoA0
— Lilian Chan (@bestgug) January 6, 2019
Four years after the Arsenal incident and Jones is still throwing himself to the floor to try and stop strikers.
Phil Jones doing the front crawl , he is the most ugly styled player ever pic.twitter.com/0vAX5VmKmn
— 👕TonytheManc👕🌕🏆🏆🏆 (@tonythemanc) November 24, 2019
Newcastle own goal
A straightforward ball downfield and Jones is about to head it back to the goalkeeper. What could possibly go wrong?