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Having impressed in a handful of performances against the Reds for Blackburn Rovers, the powerful, energetic defender chose Old Trafford over several alternative destinations in the summer of 2011.

A dogged, brave and talented centre-back, and a player who can also play at full-back and drop into midfield when needed, Jones has been unlucky to see his United career punctuated by spells of injury and illness. But that hasn’t stopped him becoming an important player for both club and country. Jones put in a number of accomplished displays during his first season with the Reds, but injury robbed him of almost half a season the following year, in 2012/13. However, he returned to the side to help United win the Premier League title and claim his first trophy with the club. A regular during the 2013/14 campaign, he earned a place in England’s 2014 World Cup squad and he impressed at centre-back during 2014/15 despite his appearances being further restricted by injuries. The signing of a new long-term contract in June 2015 emphasised his importance to the United cause and he was part of the FA Cup-winning squad against Crystal Palace in May 2016. Injury once again disrupted the start of his first campaign under Jose Mourinho in 2016/17 but he still helped make it a memorable season as United claimed the League Cup and Europa League trophies. The centre-back enjoyed one of his best campaigns in a red shirt in 2017/18 and was one of the first names on Jose Mourinho's team sheet. He finished the season with 15 shutouts from 25 games and consequently earned a place in England's 2018 World Cup squad. Jones has impressed alongside a number of fellow centre-backs, including England team-mate Chris Smalling and, most recently, Eric Bailly.

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  • Position

    Defender

  • Country

    England

  • Date of birth

  • Joined

  • United debut

    v Man City (N)

I just love to defend. I want to stop goals going in the net.

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Phil Jones exiting the match against Tottenham.

Jones forced off with an injury Article

Phil Jones's fitness is a concern for Jose Mourinho, after the Reds defender had to be replaced during the Spurs game.

Phil Jones poses during a home kit photoshoot in a disused railway depot

Jones: The reason I cut my holiday short Article

He played at Russia 2018 and welcomed a child to the world, yet Phil was eager to help.

Phil Jones says

"I've really enjoyed my seven years here. I love the club and the people here. It's a fantastic club to play for, with a fantastic manager and coaches."

Phil Jones in training for United.
Phil Jones says

"I wanted to come back. I had a couple of weeks off and I felt ready to go again. It wasn't a big deal for me and the other lads that did it as well."

Romelu Lukaku in training for United.

Great news! Four Reds are set to return Article

Romelu Lukaku and three other senior players will train with the squad on its return from the US.

Phil Jones

'Tour has always been amazing' Article

A veteran of pre-season tours even at the age of 26, Phil Jones insists the Reds cannot wait to return to the US.

Phil Jones with fans on tour.
Phil Jones says

"From the first time I came on tour, it's been amazing. The fans are outside your hotel constantly and they turn out in huge numbers for the games."

Jesse Lingard in action for England.
World Cup Reds - Tuesday's matches
says

Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Ashley Young and Phil Jones could feature for England in their last-16 clash with Colombia, in Moscow at 19:00 BST.

Marcos Rojo

United stars set for the last 16 Article

Eleven Reds have reached the knockout stages of Russia 2018. But when and where will they play?

Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young.
World Cup Reds - Thursday's match
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Five United players could be involved when England (Jones, Young, Lingard & Rashford) meet Belgium (Fellaini) to decide who tops Group G, in Kaliningrad at 19:00 BST.

Marcus Rashford in action for England.
World Cup Reds - Sunday's game
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Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Phil Jones could all feature for England in their second Group G match, against Panama in Nizhny Novgorod at 13:00 BST.

Marcus Rashford in action for England.
Monday's World Cup games
says

Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young could all be involved for England, who get their Group G campaign under way against Tunisia in Volgograd at 19:00 BST.

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