Phil Jones was 'in a tumble dryer all game' claims former Liverpool captain

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Jamie Redknapp was far from impressed with Phil Jones' display for Manchester United.

A player hailed as having the potential to be a Manchester United great, Phil Jones was anything but for the Red Devils against Liverpool on Sunday.

He was picked at centre-back alongside Nemanja Vidic, days after manager David Moyes had insisted it was his best position and one he could go onto occupy for England.

Jones gave away the penalty for Liverpool's second, just moments after half-time, leaving his side with a mountain to climb.

Former Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp was critical of the 22-year-old, as he was given an arduous time at the hands of the winning side's freescoring strikers.

He told SkySports: "Jones was in a tumble dryer all game.

"He was not strong enough to match the runs of Suarez and Sturridge."

It was midfielder Joe Allen who Jones fouled to gift Liverpool their second penalty, an impediment from which he had no arguments. 

Perhaps however, it was colleague Nemanja Vidic who was in more of a spin, as the below statistics illustrate.

NameTeamPosWon TackleInterception WonRed CardMins
Phil Jones Man Utd DF 4 3 0 90
Nemanja Vidic Man Utd DF 0 1 1 77

Jones won more interceptions and tackles than Vidic, seven combined compared to the captain's one - who picked up a red card for his efforts.

Vidic has no excuse for flailing against Liverpool once again - while Jones can fall back on his inexperience.

Whether he is the one who will step up and replace Vidic remains to be seen, it's fair to say David Moyes will have pretty mixed views on his centre-backs after yesterday's performance.

Jones could well get another chance thanks to Vidic's suspension, and while he contributed more than his teammate yesterday, there were not enough positives to describe his display as anywhere near a success.

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