WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

25/01/2012 09:13

Papers: Jones on the mend?

George Scott writes in the Daily Star...

Phil Jones in line for cup call
Manchester United are hopeful Phil Jones will shrug off an ankle injury and declare himself fit for Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round clash at Liverpool. It did not look good for Phil Jones when he hobbled out of the opening stages of United’s 2-1 win at Arsenal on Sunday. After the match, Sir Alex Ferguson claimed the teenager would be sidelined for a few weeks. That would not just rule him out of this weekend’s fixture, but also the Premier League matches with Chelsea and Liverpool, whom United meet again in a fortnight. However, the former Blackburn man’s powers of recovery are evidently impressive, with United assistant manager Mike Phelan today admitting Jones could feature at Anfield. “Phil’s character is very good,” said Phelan. “He is disappointed that, over the last few weeks, he seems to have limped around the football field quite a bit. But he usually manages to recover, so we’re optimistic he can do the same again.”

There's precious little else United-related in the major newspapers today, with coverage of Manchester City's Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez dominating the column inches.

Oliver Holt does pen a short piece in The Mirror, though, deriding Gary Neville for the way he's so often dismissive of his footballing ability. Holt, writing after attending a Football Writers' Assocation dinner on Sunday in which Neville and Paul Scholes were honoured, claims Gary was "always much, much more than the willing workhorse he is happy to portray himself as".

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