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Jones Reveals Bizarre Superstition

Players, like fans, have plenty of pre-match rituals which they believe have the power to make the difference between winning or losing games.

I know someone who looks away for every kick-off, believing that will give their team the luck they need. Others have special pants or socks which apparently provide the players that extra boost on the pitch.

Speaking with the official site, Phil Jones has revealed a bizarre superstition involving his left and right, based on whether the game he is about to play is home or away.

“This sounds really stupid… but it depends on whether we’re home or away,” he said. “The fixtures list United on the left when we’re at home and on the right when we’re away. So this weekend I’ll put my right sock on first because it will be Swansea v United. Next week, if I play against Benfica at Old Trafford, I’ll put my left sock on. I also don’t like stepping on white lines on the pitch. And when I do cross a white line then I’ll take the first step with the foot that corresponds to whether we’re home or away. This will sound proper over-the-top, but you know when you go to a hotel room and there are two towels hanging down? When I was on international duty last week, I picked the towel on the left because we were at home against Spain. I know it’s weird but I can’t help myself. Nobody knows about it so nobody has ever noticed… although I guess the secret’s out now.”

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  1. FletchTHEMAN says:

    King Eric (the real one) on MUTV right now. Doing the hobo parisian look proud ;)

  2. Gandalf says:

    Wow, some strange things Jonesy!!!

    My main superstition is, on the day of the game I never wear anything blue coloured in my outfit, not even slight shade of blue! Works most of the time :-)

  3. wayne says:

    I used to have a horseshoe money clip I was convinced brought me luck and being a gambler always been superstitious.I have a George Best legend shirt and used to save it for the big games but after getting knocked out of the CL by Bayern like King Eric realized its all bollocks

  4. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Here is a link to the goals from the reserves game

    #1 from Ravel and #3 from Davide are the really special ones.

  5. slim says:

    Fryers and co were fantastic tonight. Word of caution though if people are divided about Berba,prepare for more of the same with Pogba. Talented the boy is but still a way to go. No reason him , Fryers , Ravel and the keane brothers can’t feature but with pogba particularly he still on the learning curve and patience and a lot of crossed fingers for the lad is needed. I was hoping he’d be showing more and breathing down heavily on SAF’s neck. As it is he s “whispering into his ear”. All in all good crop of lads we’ve got and i hope at least one of them makes the bench against Swansea, pity we’re playing away, nevertheless, they wouldn’t look out of place. Ravel just doesn’t give a hoot about fuck all, just wants to get the ball and take people on, very Un-English if i may say so. Giggsy was the last player we’ve had who used to do the same over the years. Good to see. Even better seeing Scholes out there with Joyce

  6. FletchTHEMAN says:

    slim. were you at the game? Petrucci looked good on the MUTV feed, but not clear how fit he was from my perch. That goal was a beauty eh! Just hope he gets back on track after so long out. Good to see Gibbo controlling the midfield. Amos not called on for much but had a great save late on that could have made it 4-2.

    Really interesting in peoples thoughts on Petrucci though. Kid has been through a grinder.

  7. CedarsDevil says:


    Cheers for the insight, have no access to the reserves these days, except for RoM! Thanks buddy

  8. Fred says:

    FletchTHEMAN – thanks for the link. Some nice goals there. :)

  9. GoatinaUnitedShirt says:

    Thank fuck Im not the only one. Ive had all sorts of people on here that have called me a looney, nutter, psycho and should be checked out but atleast now I can hold my head up in this bitter world knowing Im not alone with my strange hangups.
    I always rub my privates with marmite so I look bigger in the showers after a match with the lads, receiving admiration for my black mans todger and this goes to represent the insecurities I have with my wife, then my girlfriend it seems. I could never work out why my son is black and why everyone was looking at me strange. Theyre doing it now. It was the marmite – whos the daddy, yeah thats right, me, Im the winner. All of yous out there are the loosers. Me a fekkin psycho, maybe you should look in the mirror, thats right, Im behind you with my insulation knife, hairs on the back of your neck stand up, eh! thats right whos undoing your belt buckle thats right – whos your daddy. Now look in the mirror and watch your cum face. Thats it, someones been in here before me,
    And then I wake up, if I dont have that dream then United dont win, its only not been true once. I then go down stairs have scrambled egg on toast, listen to my Jethro Tull CD and head to the footy pitch to play with my mates.
    Hoo hum!

  10. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Really hope Davide Petrucci gets some minutes with the seniors this year. Wonderful kid and such bad luck with the injury. Deserves another chance.

    Cricky, the goals are now up on a new thread. See yus lads over there!

  11. slim says:


    sure, but i’d probably wait for a more detailed analysis of the match. can be terrible atimes. KE said he was going to see the game as well and his analysis of the reserves is usually spot on

  12. CedarsDevil says:


    Ya KE always gives a great insight on the reserves… Trust his analysis more than to be honest!

  13. JD says:

    I hi 5 the united badge at my block exit ht and ft can’t help it just happens

  14. Manchuchu says:

    He’s left, he’s right.
    He’s a nutter all right.
    Phil Jones. Phil Jones.

  15. rohan19 says:

    de gea
    rafael smalling jones fabio
    pogba cleverly
    nani morrison young

    now thats some team… wish to see this soon..

  16. Saad says:

    Michael Jordan used to wear his Tar Heel’s shorts underneath his Bulls’ shorts during every game. Always thought that taking on that extra weight kinda defeated the whole purpose of “flying”!

  17. Saad says:

    Most geniuses are obsessively compulsive. You go ahead and be as nutty as you want, Phil! You rock!

  18. KingOfStretfordEnd says:

    oh my, rolling on the floor laughing now. Jones, you have some massive OCD there.

  19. SAFrican says:

    He’s OCD like me!!! Love this guy


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