Video: Phil Jones’ howler on Man United return sees Joao Moutinho bury long-range effort to give Wolves the lead at Old Trafford

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With so many defenders out injured or unavailable for selection because of Covid, it’s believed that Ralf Rangnick had little choice but to play Phil Jones alongside Raphael Varane for Manchester United.

It was Jones’ first start for the Red Devils in almost two years, and he was cheered every time he cleared the ball in the early stages at Old Trafford.

Anyone watching the game would’ve been hard pressed to see that the former Blackburn man had been out for so long, given how seamlessly he slotted in.

However, he undid all of his good work late in the game with an action he’ll come to regret given that it handed all three points to the visitors.

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Wolves sub, Adama Traore, was left one on one with a tiring Luke Shaw and managed to get his cross in.

Rather than head the ball away from danger, Jones headed it straight out to Joao Moutinho.

With one touch to control it, Moutinho then arrowed a great strike beyond the despairing dive of David de Gea.

Cue wild celebrations in the away end.

Pictures from Sky Sports and CBS Sports Golazo

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  1. that is very harsh ,Phil Jones got some distance on his header ,nobody from the midfield picked up Moutinho on the edge of the box , he had far too much time . It was Uniteds problem all night , pressing and closing down the opposition.

  2. Headline is ridiculous – nothing wrong with the clearance. Playing 2 number 6’s and neither of them close enough to closedown. if you pause when Jones headers the ball there is nowhere bar out for a corner he could header the ball without it going to a Wolves player.

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