Jones’ injury is a massive blow to United

As Manchester United continue their march to title number 20, murmurings of a treble, 1999 style, have been growing louder with each passing day. The Red Devils may not be in the most imperious of form, rather completing their job before them in the upmost of professional fashions.

With an upcoming FA Cup encounter with a fleeting Chelsea and holding the cards in the last 16 encounter with Real Madrid in the Champions League having secured a 1-1 draw at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu last month.

However, while it was Danny Welbeck that netted a vital goal, it was Phil Jones that earned the accolades ahead of his teammates, and deservedly so. Prior to the stalemate in Spain, the former Blackburn Rovers ace enjoyed a successful performance, stifling the threat of Marouane Fellaini in the 2-0 win over Everton.

Jones picked up an ankle injury two weeks ago and many had hoped that he would recover in time for the visit of Los Blancos, but it’s clear he won’t be available to United. With the onus on holding onto the away goal advantage, a defensive minded player would’ve been ideal, and the 21-year-old offers exactly that.

Nevertheless, chances are Michael Carrick will be required to shield the United defence, but with it he won’t have the opportunity to play the game that has seen him win the plaudits he has deserved this season.