Previous
AS Roma
Juventus
1
1
FT
Game Details
Celta Vigo
Elche
1
1
FT
Game Details
Belenenses
Paços de Ferreira
0
1
FT
Game Details
Newell's Old Boys
Vélez Sarsfield
12:10 AM GMT Mar 3, 2015
Game Details
Albirex Niigata FC
Tampines Rovers
0
1
FT
Game Details
FC Ingolstadt 04
TSV 1860 Munich
1
1
FT
Game Details
AJ Auxerre
Angers
0
1
FT
Game Details
Next

Gladwell: Roma, Juve's sleepy stalemate

Serie A
Read

Jones reveals "stupid" sock superstition

Manchester United and England youngster Phil Jones has revealed a bizarre pre-match ritual that has accompanied his meteoric rise to stardom.

• Rodgers: Swans will attack United
• Swansea v Man United preview

Jones, who joined United in a £16 million move from Blackburn in July and was recently compared to Franco Baresi by England manager Fabio Capello, has an off-the-wall superstition that means he has to carefully calculate which sock he puts on first before each match.

"This sounds really stupid, but it depends on whether we're home or away," the 19-year-old told Manchester United's official website. "The fixtures list United on the left side when we're at home and on the right when we're away. So this weekend, I'll put my right sock on first, because it will be Swansea v United.

"Next week, if I play against Benfica at Old Trafford, I'll put my left sock on.

"I also don't like stepping on white lines on the pitch. When I do cross a white line, then I'll take the first step with the foot that corresponds to whether we're home or away."

Versatile defender Jones, who played in midfield during England's 1-0 victories over Spain and Sweden during the international break, also revealed his superstitions are not confined to just football stadiums.

"This will sound proper over-the-top, but you know when you go to a hotel room and there are two towels hanging down?" said Jones. "When I was on international duty last week, I picked the towel on the left because we were at home against Spain.

"I know it's weird, but I can't help myself. Nobody knows about it so nobody has ever noticed - although I guess the secret's out now."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.