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Phil Jones Defended Low Ratings Score – Man Utd 1-3 Man City


Manchester United defender Phil Jones was brought in for his first start in two months and was left on the floor by Kevin de Bruyne as Manchester City took control of the Carabao Cup semi-final.

Jones and fellow England international Jesse Lingard were marked down by BBC Sport readers during the derby day defeat – with scores of 2.57 and 2.47 respectively.

But former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage came to Jones’ defence on 5 Live.

“Those marks are ridiculous; who is giving players four out of 10? The minimum you should get is five or six. Two out of 10 is nonsense. Pointless,” said Savage.

Speaking before the game, he had said: “Phil Jones has achieved more than 98% of footballers. He’s played for Manchester United, played for his country, has shown dedication and desire.

“Are his best days behind him? Yes. Is his quality what it was? No. Are his performances what they were? No. Except what are the other options?

“I see criticism of Phil Jones, except you gotta respect that he has played this many games for this club. To get to where he has got to, he has been a fantastic player.”

City midfielder Bernardo Silva took top marks from you after his superb goal, closely followed by De Bruyne.