On his Vibe with Five podcast, Rio Ferdinand explained: “A lot of people talk about whether it really means anything to the players.
“But that little scene when Phil Jones finished the game and heard the fans appreciating the performance after what he has been through, clapping him off and singing his name, it made him well up and there were tears.
“That emotion that came out shows the hard graft and yards that went in behind the scenes, which we weren’t privy to and we did call him out at times because we weren’t aware of the situation.”
Ferdinand was then asked how he’d feel if he were in Harry Maguire’s position and the former Red Devil replied: “I’d be embarrassed, I’ve got to be honest, you would.
“I wasn’t injured, I trained and worked harder than at any other time during my career. In the two years, Jones hasn’t really trained and he’s been injured.”
Harry Maguire has been criticized by fans for his lackluster performances this season. There is also a growing concern that he doesn’t deserve the captain’s armband and was given it too early.
The Englishman recently urged his Manchester United teammates to rally together and answer the critics. It remains to be seen how he takes that challenge if he returns to play Aston Villa on Saturday.