Man Utd star should be 'digging Rangnick out' after 'throwing him under the bus'

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has every right to be furious at Ralf Rangnick after subbing him off at half-time in the defeat to Liverpool.

That’s the view of former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara, who has hit out at Rangnick’s treatment of the 30-year-old.

Jones was handed just his second league start of the season tonight as United suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to rivals Liverpool at Anfield.

But his return to the starting XI lasted just 45 minutes as the visitors found themselves 2-0 down at half-time and he was taken off for Jadon Sancho during the break.

O’Hara believes Jones has been stitched up by his manager though and should be voicing his frustrations at the German.

‘If I’m Phil Jones at half-time I’m digging the gaffer out,’ he said on talkSPORT.

‘I’m literally turning round to the gaffer and saying “are you winding me up?”

‘You’re dragging me off after 45 minutes, you’ve put me out there against Liverpool when you could have played me against Norwich last week to get my feet in and give me a game.

‘And then you’ve worked on a formation for three or four days, we’re playing against Liverpool and you’re playing me in a back three with Dalot, Maguire, Lindelof and Wan-Bissaka…

‘And then you’re dragging me off at half-time to make me look like it’s my fault?

‘I would say… I tell you what don’t bother picking me again, I’ll see you out. See you later, I’m off.’

O’Hara doubled down on his opinion, tweeting: ‘Phil Jones must be thinking cheers gaffa absolutely throw me under the bus, thanks for your help and then drag me at half time, shambles of a manager.’

Rangnick admitted a poor team performance in the opening 45 prompted him into an attacking change but he was far from impressed with what he saw once Liverpool scored their third.

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‘I don’t think a different formation at the start would have changed anything. The first goal we conceded, it was not part of the game plan to be that high up and concede a counter-attack after five minutes,’ he said.

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‘That changed the game. The first half, we were just not good enough. We did not win any first ball or second balls. We were second best in all relevant areas.

‘Second half we changed a centre-back with Jadon Sancho. The first 25 minutes we were better and had pressure on the ball at times. Had two or three moments, but the third goal killed the game off.

‘It is embarrassing, it is disappointing, maybe even humiliating.’

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