Ian Wright: This Man United defender would run through a brick wall
The former Arsenal legend singles out Phil Jones for special praise after his impact in the Manchester United defence
Ian Wright has hailed the commitment of Phil Jones after the Manchester United defender’s recent resurgence under Jose Mourinho.
The England international has seized his chance to secure a place in Mourinho’s starting line-up following Chris Smalling’s injury and Eric Bailly’s departure for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Jones has been partnering Marcos Rojo at centre-half over the past month or so to help Manchester United piece together a nine-game winning run before a 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old centre-half has started nine of their last 11 games in all competitions to highlight his importance to Mourinho.
Speaking to BBC Sport’s 606 podcast after Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford, Wright delivered a glowing verdict on Mourinho’s defence – and in particular, Jones.
“There is a natural balance. There is a right footer and a left footer. Phil Jones would go threw a brick wall for Manchester United,” Wright said.
Manchester United are in sixth place in the Premier League table and 12 points behind current leaders Chelsea with 17 games to go in the title race.
The Red Devils have the third best defence in the Premier League after conceding just 20 goals in 21 games.