With Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling injured, Phil Jones made a timely comeback for Manchester United against Liverpool.
The England international had a game to forget when they last met at Old Trafford, giving away a penalty in a 3-0 loss. This time it was all different.
Jones starred in a 3-0 victory, even though goalkeeper David de Gea had to save the team on several occasions.
|Match||Won Tackles||Interceptions||Aerial Duels Won||Accurate Crosses||Shots Blocked||Assists||Goals||Total||Mins Played|
|Phil Jones||Man Utd vs Liverpool||3||6||1||0||1||0||0||11||89|
|Jonny Evans||Man Utd vs Liverpool||1||4||0||0||0||0||0||5||90|
|Michael Carrick||Man Utd vs Liverpool||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||4||90|
Adding up the number of key performance statistics of the back three - Jones was the Red Devils' best defender.
He made as many tackles and interceptions as Jonny Evans and Michael Carrick combined, and was the only of the trio to win an aerial battle or block a shot.
The talent has always been there with Jones, it's just been a case of staying fit. That is something he now has to prove.