Phil Jones: I’ve Changed My Post-Match Routine

Reuters / John Sibley

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has spoken up about his post-match routine and his career at Old Trafford.

The England international was regarded as injury prone at Old Trafford, but in recent weeks, Jones has started consecutive matches after a long time period.

The 24-year-old was one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s recruitments during 2011 summer. But he hasn’t played enough games in the last two seasons because of a series of injuries.

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Jones has now revealed in an interview with the club’s matchday programme that he pays more attention to what he does after games, instead of sitting and playing on a Playstation.

“I think as I’ve got older I’ve become wiser to recovery and realized how important it [post-match recovery] is,” he said.

“When I was younger you think you know it all and after games you probably just go for some food or sit on your PlayStation. Now I take it a lot more seriously and recover properly because I know I need to give myself the best possible chance to be as fresh and as fit as I can for the next game.”

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Jones has established himself as a first-choice centre-back under Jose Mourinho, with nine appearances since the start of November. He also talked about how his boss made an impact in his recent success.

“It’s brilliant. He’s shown a lot of confidence and belief in me and hopefully I’m repaying that. I’m not a player who needs telling every day in training ‘you’re brilliant, you’re this, you’re that’… but it’s always nice to hear comments from the manager and people around that you’re doing well.

“I’m not under any illusions though, in this game you can be up there one minute and down the next. So I need to keep going game by game and keep improving.”


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