Manchester United seized the whole three points as the Red Devils clashed their horns with Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon. They claimed their third successive victory, securing the second spot on the league table.
Anthony Martial glistened brilliantly, scoring the only goal of the match and confirming to be the crucial player for the triumph, which the fans and club members thoroughly enjoyed.
Nevertheless, disregarding the French forward’s substantial contribution to the Old Trafford outfit, it was Phil Jones who stole the spotlight, enticing the sense of obligation from supporters.
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The centre-back has managed to stay fit this campaign, bestowing his services to the Mancunian side in 19 league games out of desirable 24 ones. It unquestionably transcends his fitness in the previous two seasons, when he was able to feature only in 18 and 10 fixtures.
Furthermore, he has also displayed superior consistency compared to other centre-backs operating alongside him.
Supporters have been jamming Twitter with feedbacks to the English international’s performance this season, insisting he’s supposedly superior to Liverpool’s £75 million January signing Virgil van Dijk.
If Van Dijk is worth £75m, a fully fit Phil Jones is worth £150m.
— Mogire. (@P_OkwonkwoH) January 20, 2018
Absolute state of anyone who thinks Phil Jones isn't our best centre half and also one of the best in Europe. No comebacks.
— John Ashton (@thedoveman1982) January 20, 2018
— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) January 20, 2018
When he is fit and playing like this, hard to name one defender that is better than Phil Jones. If Van Dijk is worth £75m, a fit Jones is at least £130m. #NairaBETGoPay
— Babanla (@biolakazeem) January 20, 2018
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 20, 2018
The Red Giants could enjoy the contributions of the 25-year-old for a year more, as the talented defender’s contract runs out next year. Regardless, if the former Rovers’ man keeps on exhibiting consistent forms, United might even consider pinning him down for a longer term.
With Luke Shaw returning to his prime form, Jose Mourinho has a finer defensive line at his disposal as of now.
Although catching up with their arch-rivals Manchester City seems a bit far-fetched, the Portuguese tactician now has a squad capable of challenging the league leaders up to a goodly extent.
Written by Hritwik NE
Passionate writer, coated in Blue.