Phil Jones says he 'feels like a footballer again' after shock return

Phil Jones says he ‘feels like a footballer again’ after choking back tears following Manchester United return against Wolves… as forgotten centre-back admits he has ‘missed the buzz’ of regular action

  • Phil Jones made his first start for Man United in 708 days against Wolves 
  • He was one of the few positives from a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Monday
  • The 29-year-old centre back left the pitch in tears following an injury-hit period 

Phil Jones has opened up on his near two-year injury nightmare after his surprise start for Manchester United against Wolves.

The 29-year-old centre back made his first start in 708 days in the Premier League fixture on Monday at Old Trafford. 

Jones – who transfermarkt claim missed 78 United games due to the serious knee injury – was one of the few positives from a 1-0 defeat and he was applauded off the pitch at full-time.

Phil Jones was left visibly emotional after walking off following Man United’s defeat by Wolves

‘It’s difficult when a player’s out for so long, for whatever reason,’ Jones told the club’s official website.

‘All I would say is that any time I represent this club and put the shirt on, I give absolutely everything. I put my blood, sweat and tears into everything I do for this club.

‘I appreciate all the support they [the fans] give me. I’m forever grateful for that. It’s a wonderful, wonderful club to be at and I am grateful.’

Walking off the pitch at the final whistle, Jones clapped the crowd and tapped United’s badge

A video posted on United’s official Twitter account revealed how the defender was seemingly overwhelmed by his comeback.

With his head initially bowed, Jones headed off the field in the corner of the stadium, but acknowledged the appreciation sent his way by clapping the crowd.

He also tapped the badge several times, showing his commitment to the Red Devils.

Centre back Jones made an impressive return at Old Trafford after almost two years away

Before featuring against Wolves, Jones last started a match in United’s 6-1 win over Tranmere in the FA Cup in January 2020, having sustained a long-term knee injury.

‘You know, I spent so long out, off the pitch and out of the squad,’ he continued.

‘It’s been horrible at times but it’s nice to be back out with the lads.

‘I feel like a footballer again and [to] feel the ball at your feet and the rain and the grass, it’s just a great feeling.’ 

Jones was one of the few positives from a 1-0 defeat and he was applauded off the pitch

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