The 29-year-old has been included within the Pink Devils’ 25-man roster for the knockout phases, having not performed Champions League soccer since they had been thrashed 3-0 by Barcelona in April 2019.
Jones spent the primary half the season recovering from an injury which kept him sidelined for two whole years, and was subsequently omitted from United’s squad for the group section.
However now that Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek and Amad Diallo have left on mortgage, the defender – together with fourth-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant – has been referred to as up by interim supervisor Ralf Rangnick, as his facet face Atletico Madrid within the round-of-16.
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Rangnick and co first face La Liga champions Atletico within the Spanish capital on Wednesday, February 23, earlier than a return leg at Previous Trafford on Tuesday, March 15.
In Jones’ case, his intensive time within the remedy room noticed him usually thought-about the forgotten man, even way back to earlier than the Covid-19 pandemic.
However the ex- Blackburn Rovers starlet is slowly regaining his mojo, having appeared for 120 minutes since returning with a begin within the 1-0 loss at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday, January 3.
Jones even rejected a mortgage transfer to French outfit Bordeaux in January, regardless of centre-backs Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof all being forward of him within the pecking order.
He was referred to as on by Rangnick to play 30 uneventful minutes of extra-time within the FA Cup fourth-round tie in opposition to Middlesbrough final Friday, though didn’t take a penalty within the dramatic shoot-out which noticed the Pink Devils crash out.
Chatting with Sky Sports activities , Shaw mentioned: “He has been criticised for years and has gone by way of so much, however he’s so skilled and he has skilled onerous and he was phenomenal.
“He was distinctive, I’m very pleased for him and he deserves it.”
Rangnick was additionally fast to reward Jones, who acquired a heat reception from followers within the Stretford Finish when he made his means down the tunnel.
“I feel he did effectively, not having performed for 2 years at this sort of stage,” the non permanent United boss mentioned post-match.
“We did not see that [effects of the absence] within the sport. He did his job and did precisely what I anticipated him to do.”