Phil Jones isn’t your conventional defender. No, when other defenders are busy defending, Phil likes to pull silly faces and and do weird stuff like this!
And it might be why he has been voted the best young defender in Europe…by some Swiss boffins.
But on Sunday during Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Arsenal, he did the most Phil Jones thing that Phil Jones have ever Phil Jonesed.
Trying to block a bouncing ball that had evaded him in the box from Olivier Giroud, the England defender lost his footing but that didn’t stop him.
He crawled forward a few paces on the floor like a child just learning to walk before launching himself into a floor-level, diving head tackle that looks less John Terry in the World Cup and more a seal doing tricks for an audience at the zoo.
Sky Sports pundit – and former Old Trafford defender – Gary Neville described it as “He’s doing breaststroke, front crawl, headbutting the floor” during his commentary of the game.
It actually worked! Jones got the slightest of touches on the ball which deflected onto Giroud’s foot and out for a goal kick.
And the internet – already big fans of Phil Jones – did their best…
You’re all laughing at Phil Jones, but that’s what raw desire looks like. It’s also what a spaniel on a freshly polished floor looks like.
— Iain Macintosh (@iainmacintosh) May 17, 2015
Phil Jones should wear his boots on his head….
— Rodney Marsh (@RodneyMarsh10) May 17, 2015
Phil Jones. pic.twitter.com/s5e4KQtELn
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) May 17, 2015
Lovely shot of Phil Jones at Old Trafford today. pic.twitter.com/sN21PyMj6L
— MUFC Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) May 17, 2015
Head tackle @jjenas8 pic.twitter.com/5dN6nw9RDz
— Danny Simpson (@dannysimpson) May 17, 2015
No-one in the universe is going to be able to concentrate when Phil Jones is doing that at your feet
— Daily Cannon (@DailyCannon) May 17, 2015
Phil Jones gurned United to safety there.
— John Brewin (@JohnBrewinESPN) May 17, 2015
Phil Jones looking like something out of The Ring pic.twitter.com/jSrifuw7dQ
— Charlotte Denley (@CharlotteDenley) May 17, 2015