Man United’s slim chances of finishing in this season’s Champions League places hit a concrete wall this afternoon with their dismal 1-1 draw at Huddersfield.
With just one more game to go, the Red Devils will end the campaign just short of the top four, while Chelsea boosted their European ambitions with their win over Watford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been in dreadful form of late, winning just two of their last 11 games since their monumental victory over Paris Saint-Germain back in March.
Their limp performance against the Terriers – who’ve managed just four points in their previous 23 games – pretty much summed up their recent run, which included another anonymous display from £300,000-a-week Alexis Sanchez.
But the Chilean was by no-means the worst performer on the pitch.
In typical United style since OGS was appointed permanent manager, the Red Devils played with little intensity and no commitment, while Phil Jones was constantly at fault for giving the ball away.
In one instance on the 38th minute, a passage of seemingly simple play between Jones and Nemanja Matic resulted in the ball being given away to Huddersfield’s lively attackers and forced David De Gea to make a smart save.
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It didn’t end there, either.
This moment on the 67th minute – right after Huddersfield netted their equaliser – shows Jones exchanging passes with Victor Lindelof and Ander Herrera before clumsily losing the ball to the on-rushing Aaron Mooy.
Jones was once tipped by Sir Alex Ferguson as United’s ‘greatest ever’ in waiting.
“Jones, arguably the way he is looking,” he said in 2011, “could be our best ever player.
“I think Jones may be one of the best players we have ever had, no matter where we play him.”
But this season the 27-year-old has once again exemplified why former boss Jose Mourinho was crying-out for a ball-playing centre-back back in the summer.