Phil Jones: I was 'surprised' to be starting for Manchester United against Liverpool

The defender, who has suffered from injury problems this season, starred against the Reds despite not even expecting to play.

Manchester United's best-performing defender against Liverpool on Sunday admits he was surprised he even started the Premier League clash.

Indeed, Phil Jones, who has suffered several injury problems during his United career, says he didn't expect to play so soon after returning to fitness.

But the 22-year-old was started by Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal and ended up turning in a fine display during the 3-0 win over Liverpool.

“Yeah, you could say that I was surprised,” the Manchester United defender is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror. “But injuries and circumstances happen and that is football.

“The first 20 minutes were a bit of a whirlwind for me, to be honest. It happened so quick. I don’t think any training session can get you ready for a game in the Premier League, never mind playing against Liverpool, but it was great to be back.

“It always helps to play every game at the back with the same players. You get a good understanding of each other and how each one of you works, and what positions to take up.

“Now I just want to stay fit, keep my feet on the ground and look forward to the next game.”

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