Phil Jones - Manchester United's best defender v Aston Villa

Phil Jones shone as Manchester United were held to a draw by Aston Villa.

Manchester United's winning run came to an end at Aston Villa but the Red Devils did enough to avoid defeat.

Radamel Falcao's equaliser was matched by a solid display from the back three, which was once again shuffled around.

Darren Fletcher had to be substituted at half-time, leading to Tyler Blackett being brought on and Michael Carrick moving back into midfield.

Here's a look at how the defenders compared...

  MatchWon TacklesInterceptions WonAerial WonAccurate CrossShots BlockedAssistGoalsTotalMins Played
Phil Jones Aston Villa vs Man Utd 1 3 3 0 1 0 0 8 90
Jonny Evans Aston Villa vs Man Utd 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 5 90
Tyler Blackett Aston Villa vs Man Utd 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 45
Michael Carrick Aston Villa vs Man Utd 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 90

Assessing the performance in key areas and using a combined total to reach the 'best player' on the day, Phil Jones came out on top for the second United game in a row since his return from injury.

His three aerial duels won was more than the rest of the defence combined, while he was one of three players to successfully block a shot on goal.

With Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling missing time through injury, his return has been immaculately timed and he has slotted straight back in to show why he deserves to be one of the first choice selections.

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