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Phil Jones named in Man Utd starting lineup for trip to Liverpool

Sean Walsh
Jones has come into the starting lineup
Jones has come into the starting lineup / PAUL ELLIS/GettyImages

Phil Jones has been named in the Manchester United starting lineup for just the second time this season, slotting in as a centre-back in a back-five for their trip to Liverpool.

The 30-year-old's only other appearance from the off this term came in a 1-0 loss at home to Wolves at the start of 2022, while he also completed 30 minutes in United's FA Cup penalty shootout exit to Middlesbrough.

Injuries and a general loss of form and quality have seen Jones fall way down the Old Trafford pecking order, making just three Premier League appearances since the start of the 2019/20 season.

However, Ralf Rangnick has named the defender in the starting XI to take on title-chasing Liverpool on Wednesday.

Jones comes into a back-five alongside Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot providing width at wing-back.

The midfield comprises of Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, while Marcus Rashford and Anthony Elanga will lead the line in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Liverpool starting XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Diaz

Man Utd starting XI: De Gea; Lindelof, Jones, Maguire; Wan-Bissaka, Pogba, Matic, Fernandes, Dalot; Elanga, Rashford