Sir Alex Ferguson’s reaction to Man Utd defeat as ‘the greatest player of all time’ dried up

Manchester United suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield as Sir Alex Ferguson looked on from the stands to see his last surviving outfield signing in the current team having a rough night.

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phil jones he looked like someone who had won first prize in a raffle, but wished he had come in second.

The last time Jones started a game for manchester unitedthe nation was still hungover after seeing early 2022.

But fast forward almost four months and here it was, being sent to the Anfield cauldron with instructions to stop a team hurtling toward a historic quadruple trophy harvest.

In an unknown back three that also includes Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire.

we did not have Ralf Rannick down like the cruel guy but this was borderline masochistic from United’s caretaker boss with the Red Devils legend Sir Alex Ferguson watching his last remaining outfield signing in United’s current squad endure a torrid night.

I take Liverpool Less than five minutes to expose Jones, and turn Rangnick’s master plan into a sham, cheated and abandoned all duties.

As Jurgen Klopp’s men split the United defense like an ax falling on a coconut, Jones ran back like someone stepping on molasses, arriving on the scene just in time to see Luis Diaz touch the ball from close range.

There was little he could do to prevent Mo Salah from doubling the lead in the 22nd minute with a sublime collective goal. To be fair, United could have had a three-man defense of Franco Baresi, Bobby Moore and Franz Backenbauer and it wouldn’t have made a single bit of difference. Ferguson watched from the elegant seats with an expression as if someone had just peed in his red wine when he wasn’t looking.

But forget blaming Jones for this total humiliation, just feel sorry for him. This United performance would have embarrassed a pub crew full of chaps still half-cut from the night before, and the fact that Jones was a part of it was everything to Rangnick.

The highlight of Jones’ night came at halftime when Rangnick came to his senses and took out the defender to end the boy’s misery. “Phil Jones, possibly from the looks of him, could be our best player,” Ferguson had said after winning his and United’s last game. Premier league title in May 2013. “I think Jones can be one of the best players we’ve ever had, no matter where we play him. At 21 years old he is going to be a phenomenal player. I think he can play anywhere on the pitch.”

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Manchester United defender Phil Jones had a difficult night at Anfield after caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick called him up.

Tellingly, Jones was not on the pitch before the restart, when Kop chanted ‘Ole’ every time United players passed the ball between them as they waited for the chase to start up again.

It was the latest act of sarcasm in the latest night of embarrassment for a club that has spent decades comparing itself to those in red on East Lancs Road.

“It’s embarrassing, it’s completely disappointing and also humiliating, but we have to accept that they are six years ahead of us. The team needs to be rebuilt, that’s clear. I think a game like today showed that in a very drastic way that this reconstruction is necessary,” Rangnick reflected afterwards.

“They are one of the best teams in the world at the moment, we are far from that. We are not physical enough. I am pretty sure our players knew the importance of that game for our fans, but in the first half, we were not in them at all …”

But no tool has been invented capable of calculating the class gap that now exists between these two clubs. One is rampant while the other is rotten to the core, and this scenario is not going to change any time soon.

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