Phil Jones refusing to dwell on mistake that cost Manchester United FA Cup Final

by Alex Turk

Phil Jones has spoken out about the 2018 FA Cup Final, in which he was at fault for the winning goal as Manchester United were defeated 1-0 by Chelsea.

An awful error in judgement on his behalf sent Eden Hazard clean through on goal before Jones once again showed pure clumsiness by recklessly hacking the Belgian down inside the box and conceding a 22nd-minute penalty.

Hazard slotted home the subsequent spot-kick to bag what turned out to be the winner to secure Chelsea’s eighth FA Cup and deny Man United’s record-equalling 13th triumph.

In an honest interview with The Guardian ahead of England’s opening World Cup game against Tunisia on Monday, Jones explained his emotions after the match and his eagerness to move on from it.

“It was crap but that’s football. These things happen and you move on. You have to, because I can’t sit on my arse and dwell on it for weeks and weeks and weeks. I’d be ready to jump off a bridge if I thought like that.”

Many United supporters have called for Jones to be sold this summer, with Jose Mourinho targeting a new centre-back signing, but it doesn’t seem like the England international will be going anywhere.

He has a busy summer as it is, after being selected in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man international squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia during the close season.

The 26-year-old may feature as Panama and Belgium await following the Tunisia match at the start of next week in Group G.

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