Rio Ferdinand was full of praise for Phil Jones after he put in a commendable performance in their defeat to Wolves. Jones made his first appearance in the Premier League in 700 days after a number of injuries. He was filling in for Harry Maguire who suffered an injury in their last game against Burnley. It was a strong defensive performance from the center back with the team lacking cohesion upfront.
“For someone to come in from the cold like that, you have to tip your hat to someone like that,” Rio Ferdinand said about Phil Jones. “They’re playing him maybe to put him in the shop window, first and foremost, but if he plays well enough the manager might change his mind. That can happen in football very quickly. I’m just pleased he got through the game unscathed, no injuries. He put in a decent performance after such a long time out, not easy to do. So you’ve got to tilt your hat to Phil Jones.”
“He’s come in for a lot of stick, a lot of my words have been misinterpreted a little bit,” he added. “But you’ve got to say, ‘well done in terms of the amount of time he’s been off the pitch, to come in and play in the Premier League and play at the standard he did today. Albeit, his header was the one that fell to Moutinho’s foot before he scored but I thought he was class for long periods in the game.”