Martin Keown blasts 'comical' and 'theatrical' Phil Jones

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The Arsenal icon has criticised the Manchester United defender.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has criticised Manchester United centre-back Phil Jones after the Gunners' 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, according to BBC Football.

Jones was, quite literally, all over the place against Arsenal, diving, tackling and heading anything in sight. Some may have called the 23-year-old brave or heroic.

Keown, however, saw the Manchester United defender as 'comical' and 'theatrical.'

Indeed, the Arsenal icon feels Jones' instinct to follow the ball is a liability and can only see him progressing once he co-ordinates himself more with his team-mates.

Keown was full of praise for Jones' defensive partner Chris Smalling but was highly critical of the former's performance for Manchester United against Arsenal, saying on Match of the Day 2:

“He’s trying too hard. It becomes almost comical. There’s a panic in his play. He’s charging around the place. He’s very theatrical, he’s almost like a stuntman.

“His instinct is to follow the ball. The manager has now met the needs of Smalling, he needs to do the same for Jones. They are almost competing, if they become a partnership they can progress.”

Keown and the pundit sitting alongside him, Phil Neville, have often been criticised for offering bland opinions on Match of the Day this season. On this occasion, though, they impressed.

Even if people disagree - and even though they will still get criticism - both offered their forthright opinions on Arsenal and Manchester United and it is hard to disagree with Keown's views on Jones.

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