Phil Jones appears to be Manchester United's new corner taker and understandably there's been some surprise at this development.
A duty usually reserved for those with dead-ball credentials, the likes of Angel Di Maria or Wayne Rooney for example, the decision to use a defender better known for putting his foot through it rather than curling it into the top corner seems strange.
Yet perhaps there is a logic to Jones taking corners, as he did during Manchester United's game against QPR.
Research shows that Manchester United are far from prolific when the ball comes swinging in from the direction of the corner flag. 199 corners this season have led to just three goals. A change was perhaps needed.
Also, whilst defenders are often the best targets in the box, Jones is not. Despite his height and physique, Jones has managed to score just two goals in 116 Premier League appearances.
Rooney or Di Maria, often used to take corner kicks, are also more likely to find the back of the net if they are in the mix.
Despite the sense to making Jones the Manchester United corner taker, that hasn't stopped the internet from expressing shock at the development.
Imagine if Phil Jones had taken corners on David Moyes' watch. pic.twitter.com/d3NQxY9xzu— Back Page Football (@bpfootball) January 17, 2015
No matter what happens this game will be etched in history as the one where Phil Jones took a corner...— Jay (@RFFH) January 17, 2015
I don't want to live in a world where Phil Jones is taking corner kicks.— Samar Khan (@Samar7) January 17, 2015
Jones taking corners, United have officially lost it,reminds me of Cleverley days....— Retro Man United (@retromanunited) January 17, 2015
Mata? Di Maria? Rooney? Nope, it's Phil Jones on corner taking duty. Compete with two hands in the air. pic.twitter.com/QN9TKug7Qp— Neil Sherwin (@neilsherwin) January 17, 2015
Manchester United are next in action against Cambridge on Friday night.
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