Man Utd’s Jones Receives Twitter Apology After Jibe

Phil Jones has endured a difficult season and missed out on a place in United’s squad for the current Europa League campaign with an ankle injury.

 

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has received an apology from Twitter after its official UK account mocked the England international.

The verified @TwitterUK account took a swipe at the much-maligned Jones on Tuesday, posting: “Name a better footballer than Phil Jones”.

The incident came after the social media network had previously said “being the target of online abuse is not easy to deal with” on a dedicated help centre page about coping and reporting abuse.

United are understood to have complained to Twitter about the subsequently deleted post, with the social network apologising to both club and player.

Jones has endured a difficult season and missed out on a place in United’s squad for the current Europa League campaign with an ankle injury.

He last featured for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team in January’s FA Cup fourth-round win at Tranmere, netting the fourth goal in a 6-0 romp.

 

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United Defender Jones Expects Tough Spurs Test

Manchester United’s English defender Phil Jones (2R) talks with referee Stuart Attwell (2L) and his assistant referee (L) as Attwell consults the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) after Manchester United’s Brazilian midfielder Fred put the ball in the back of the net. Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

Manchester United defender Phil Jones says Sunday’s clash with Tottenham will test the strength of the team’s recent revival under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United have won all five matches since Solskjaer took the helm at Old Trafford following the sacking of Jose Mourinho last month.

Spurs, who are third in the Premier League, are likely to provide the toughest challenge so far at Wembley on Sunday.

“Spurs is a good test,” said Jones. “We are in good form and have some momentum going. We have steadied the ship a bit.

“We have not done anything yet, we have not achieved anything, but we need to keep it going. Possibly Spurs will be an indicator for us and how far we can go but it is a game we need to win.

“They are in good form and doing well and we need to have a good week, train well and prepare for a tough game. Hopefully the momentum can carry us on to win that match.”

United, who will spend the week preparing at a warm-weather training camp in Dubai, are six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea after successive Premier League wins over Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle.

Reaching the Champions League places is a clear target but Jones does not want to look too far ahead.

The 26-year-old, who helped United see off Reading in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, said: “Of course we should be in the Champions League next season and that is the aim but we have done nothing yet. I know it is a cliche but it has to be game by game.

“I don’t really want to think about the top four, or the Champions League or the FA Cup. It has to be game by game. Tottenham is tough and we aim to see where we are after that.”

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Mourinho Hits Out At England Over Jones Injury

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has criticised the England set-up after Phil Jones aggravated a thigh injury in his country’s friendly draw with Germany.

Players including Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson withdrew from Gareth Southgate’s England squad for friendlies against Germany and Brazil due to injury.

But despite nursing a left thigh problem, Jones reported for duty, only for the 25-year-old defender to be forced off in the first half of last Friday’s 0-0 draw against Germany at Wembley.

Mourinho, who will be without Jones for Saturday’s home game with Newcastle United, told Thursday’s Daily Mirror: “I don’t think it is possible for a player with a problem to play in a friendly.

“He was having a problem for three weeks, he’s having problems that are stopping him to play for his club and then he plays for his club in extreme conditions because it’s a big match against Chelsea.

“And then he goes to the national team and he comes home with an ongoing injury that everyone knows is an ongoing injury.”

Mourinho said he had been “naive” to let Jones join up with England and suggested other clubs were being over-protective of their players.

“You have always some clubs where their players always have something,” he said.

“It could be a fingernail, a little flu, a problem with the little toe, and they withdraw, and they stay with their clubs and they have their holidays and they have their rest.

“Then, there are always the clubs where the mangers are naive, too pure, and they say you have to go and they go and sometimes they pay the price.

“I want to see this next weekend if the players that were not going to the national team are going to play.

“(Chelsea’s Danny) Drinkwater? (Manchester City’s Fabian) Delph? The only one that is not playing is Phil Jones.”

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Phil Jones, Daley Blind Punished Over Breach Of UEFA Doping Rules

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Phil Jones has been banned for two matches and Daley Blind fined by UEFA after the Manchester United pair were found guilty of breaching the governing body’s doping regulations after the Europa League final in May.

Jones was found to be verbally abusive toward a doping control officer after he was requested to attend drug-testing after the Europa League final.

Jones will now miss the UEFA Super Cup match against Real Madrid next week and United’s first Champions League group stage match in September. He has also been fined €5,000.

Daley Blind

Press Association Sport reported that Blind was reluctant to take a test as requested because he wanted to celebrate with his teammates, whose 2-0 victory over Ajax ensured their qualification for this season’s Champions League. He was fined €5,000.

There is no suggestion that either player was guilty of doping.

United have been fined €10,000 over the rule breaches. The club are reported to be aware of UEFA’s decisions and have three days to appeal against them.

UEFA announced the charges and sanctions on its website on Monday afternoon.

In its statement, it said: “The club (United) has been charged for infringements of the UEFA anti-doping regulations (ADR) concerning the doping control procedure.

“In particular, according to Appendix B (17) of the aforementioned regulations, ‘the teams are responsible for ensuring that the players drawn to undergo doping controls are taken by the respective team representatives to the doping control station straight from the pitch as soon as the match is over. This applies even when chaperones are appointed by UEFA’.

“The player Philip Jones has been charged for insulting and directing abusive language towards the doping control officer (Article 15 (1) of the UEFA disciplinary regulations), as well as for lack of co-operation and respect towards the doping control procedure (Article 6.05 ADR).

“The player Daley Blind has been charged for violation and non-compliance with Article 6.05 (a) of the UEFA anti-doping regulations, which states that ‘every player designated to undergo as doping control is personally responsible for reporting immediately to the doping control station as notified’.”

However, United have not yet indicated to UEFA whether they will appeal or not.

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FA Cup: Man. United In Striker Crisis Ahead Of Chelsea Clash

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Manchester United is expected to face Chelsea in tonight’s English FA Cup quarter-final tie without a recognised senior striker.

Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are out of visit to Chelsea through injury, as the Red Devils face a striker crisis.

Rooney, is believed to have been involved in an accidental training ground collision with defender, Phil Jones.

Martial will also miss the match with Chelsea through injury, while Rashford, who has scored three goals in two FA Cup appearances this season, is absent through illness.

Van Gaal Targets Victory In PSV Clash

van GaalManchester United Manager, Louis van Gaal, admits that his team are struggling with injuries as they prepare to face PSV Eindhoven in Wednesday’s Champions League at Old Trafford.

United could be without nine front-line players for the visit of Dutch Champions, PSV, in Group B after defender, Phil Jones, and midfielder, Ander Herrera, were injured in the Premier League win at Watford.

Wayne Rooney is also a doubt after missing Saturday’s match with an illness, while 19-year-old French forward, Anthony Martial, has a foot injury.

However, PSV Manager, Phillip Cocu, expressed beliefs that his team could advance to the knockout stages of the League, as they prepare to play Manchester United.

United midfielder, Daley Blind, said they would be on a revenge mission when they host PSV in the Group B clash.

Van Gaal’s side lost the first leg in Eindhoven by 2 goals to 1, but Blind suggests the score line was not a fair reflection of the game.

The match is scheduled for 8:45pm, Nigerian time.