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Jones subbed off at half time for Man Utd v Liverpool after defender's second Premier League start in two years

19:08 BST 19/04/2022
Phil Jones Liverpool Man Utd 2022
The defender played just his second league game since January 2020, and it was a chastening experience against major rivals

Phil Jones was named in Manchester United's starting XI for Tuesday's Premier League clash with Liverpool, but lasted just 45 minutes before being replaced at half-time.

The defender started as part of a back three and is joined by Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire in the centre of defence, but was pulled at the break with Man Utd down 2-0 as Ralf Rangnick turned to Jadon Sancho in a change of system.

It marked only Jones' second Premier League start since January 2020, having previously featured against Wolves in Man Utd's first game of 2022.

Why was Jones starting?

"Since Raphael Varane is still injured so I had to decide between him and Eric Bailly," Rangnick told MUTV. before the match

"I decided on him, as an experienced player, as somebody who is also talking to other players."

Jones' career so far

The 30-year-old defender has been with Manchester United for over a decade, having joined the club from Blackburn Rovers in 2011.

Jones, who has been capped 27 times by England, was a regular for the club until 2019, but has made just 10 total appearances in all competitions since the start of the 2019-20 season due to injury issues.

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