Phil Jones played his first game for Manchester United in over 700 days earlier this week in our 1-0 defeat against Wolves. His every touch was applauded and his chant was sung on repeat.
As he walked off the field, with J Stand bellowing “always believe in Phil Jones!”, the defender was seen in tears as he tapped the United badge.
Speaking in an episode with TeamViewer diaries, Jones spoke of his gratitude to the United fans for showing him support.
It’s difficult when a player’s out for so long, for whatever reason. All I would say is that any time I represent this club and put the shirt on, I give absolutely everything. I put my blood, sweat and tears into everything I do for this club. I appreciate all the support they [the fans] give me. I’m forever grateful for that. It’s a wonderful, wonderful club to be at and I am grateful.
You know, I spent so long out, off the pitch and out of the squad. It’s been horrible at times but it’s nice to be back out with the lads. I feel like a footballer again and [to] feel the ball at your feet and the rain and the grass, it’s just a great feeling.