Sunday 28 April

Man of the Match

1) Phil Jones (49.5%)
2) Rio Ferdinand (31.5%)
3) Rafael (10%)
4) Jonny Evans (9%)

29/04/2013 15:10, Report by Nick Coppack

Star man: Jones tops poll

Phil Jones’ battling performance in the heart of midfield at Arsenal on Sunday has won him the Man of the Match award.

Almost half of all fans who voted in our online poll plumped for the 21-year-old, who twice came close to scoring with headers in the first half. Jones also put his body on the line at the other end (and even spent the last 17 minutes at right-back) to help ensure the home side barely got a sniff at goal after Theo Walcott’s early strike.

And on a day when plenty of passes went astray (from players on both teams), Jones left the pitch at the final whistle with the joint highest pass completion rate (91 per cent).

Speaking to MUTV on Sunday afternoon, Jones admitted “scoring goals is probably something I need to work on – I should have put that first chance away” and outlined his desire to get on the scoresheet before the end of the season.

Although Jones was at the heart of the action for United’s goal against Manchester City at Old Trafford in early April, the strike went down as a Vincent Kompany own goal, meaning Jones is still to open his account in 2012/13.

Mind you, he’s predominantly a defender and has made most of his starts for United at the back. His versatility is one of his strengths, though, and gives Sir Alex a number of options when picking his teams or, as evidenced on Sunday, rejigging his formation midway through a match.

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