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Soccer-Man United's Jones ruled out of Real match

MANCHESTER, England, March 4 (Reuters) - Manchester United's Phil Jones will miss the Champions League last 16 second leg at home to Real Madrid after failing to recover from an ankle injury, manager Alex Ferguson said on the eve of Tuesday's match. The versatile defender or midfielder suffered the injury during last month's FA Cup fifth round victory over Reading. "He's not fit," Ferguson told a news conference on Monday.

Football: Jones to miss United's Real Madrid showdown

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson confirmed on Monday that Phil Jones will miss the conclusion of his side's Champions League last 16 tie with Real Madrid due to injury. The Premier League leaders held Madrid to a 1-1 draw in the Spanish capital three weeks ago, with Jones helping to shackle former United star Cristiano Ronaldo from a defensive midfield role.

Football: Jones to miss United's Real Madrid showdown

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson confirmed on Monday that Phil Jones will miss the conclusion of his side's Champions League last 16 tie with Real Madrid due to injury. The Premier League leaders held Madrid to a 1-1 draw in the Spanish capital three weeks ago, with Jones helping to shackle former United star Cristiano Ronaldo from a defensive midfield role.

Soccer-Ferguson eyes director role at Manchester United

March 1 (Reuters) - Alex Ferguson sees himself becoming a director at Manchester United when he finally decides to quit management. The 71-year-old Scot, who shelved retirement plans more than a decade ago, still has no idea when he will call it a day. "There's no getting rid of me," Ferguson, who has been in the Old Trafford hot seat since 1986, said in an interview with twentyfour7 Football magazine published on Friday. "I will probably become a director.

Football: Jones faces fitness race to make Real return

Alex Ferguson revealed on Thursday that Manchester United defender Phil Jones has only a slim chance of being fit for his side's decisive Champions League showdown with Real Madrid. Jones suffered an ankle injury during Monday's FA Cup win over Reading and Ferguson admitted the England international will miss Saturday's trip to QPR and faces a battle to recover in time for the last 16 second leg clash against Jose Mourinho's Madrid on March 5.
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