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Fergie: Animal Jones is going to be fantastic

Phil Jones received plenty of hype in his first season at United, with Sir Bobby Charlton likening him to Duncan Edwards and the press claiming he was the future England captain.

Whilst last season he seemed to escape injury-free from crunching tackles, this season he has found himself injured repeatedly, following on from his predecessor of the #4 shirt.

Sir Alex Ferguson has sung his praises today though, claiming that he will only get better.

“Jones is going to be a fantastic player, his talent is unbelievable,” said Ferguson. “Yes [his best position is centre-back] but you could play him anywhere. I think you could play him centre-forward! He’s just that type of player, he’s an animal for football. He grasps the game, he understands it. Play him right-back? Brilliant. Play him centre-midfield? No problem. Play him centre-back? Terrific. He’s just one of those unusual players you get now and again who can play anywhere. We’ve not had a player like him in terms of someone who can play at that performance level since, well the closest you would get would be Brian McClair. Now, Brian McClair was a fantastic player. He could play anywhere, McClair. I remember kidding him on once; I said to him, just go and play in the right-back area and he laughed. I said to him, ‘What are you laughing at?’ and he said, ‘Next week I’ll be centre-half.’ But that was his character, so composed about life. Nothing bothered him.”

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15 Comments

  1. kinangapatrick says:

    Jones is one among few available in the planet. Hope he stay free from injury to prosper in his career

  2. Red Indian says:

    As much as I would like to see Jones back, let’s hope he doesn’t have to play center forward.

  3. Red4ever says:

    Good lad jonesy I have really really high hopes for this lad would like to see him play back at cb ,, he is the real successor to vidic ,,it will be execellent partnership between him and johnyy boy evans in the future but should stay clear from injuries first of all other than that great player futer man united captain future of man united

    David da gea

    Rafa jones evans buttner/fabio

    Zaha clevs powell nani

    Kagawa

    Wazza boy rooney

  4. Costas says:

    Yeah but we have to pick out one position for him sooner or later.

  5. slim says:

    chuckle, center forward? nice one SAF

  6. Marq says:

    I hope this doesn’t mean we overlook the need for a midfielder…. Jones is all tenacity, we need someone with abit more composure

  7. mancunian says:

    Going to be a great long term player at centre half..choccy mcclair one of the most underrated centre forwards in British football…scored more goals in Scotland and England than dalglish ever did!

  8. tommy taylor says:

    mancunian,
    good shout about choccy…………but wrong

    total goals in England and Scotland
    choccy…202
    dogleash….230. sorry mate just had to try wikipedia

  9. United till I die says:

    @Costas

    Ageed at some point for him to reach his full potential he needs to settle into one position. While its great he can play multiple positions right now he will become a even better player long term once he settles into his natural CB role. Him just knowing he’s going to at CB every week will send his confidence and his performances soaring to new levels.

  10. King Eric says:

    McClair I was a big fan of. First United player since Best to score 20 league goals. Never missed a days training and played well when dropped back in to midfield. Top pro with a great dry sense of humour. ‘

  11. King Eric says:

    I personally think over next few seasons as he develops even more he will settle in midfield and hopefully be even half the player Robbo was.

  12. roboo7 says:

    @Red4ever

    when you say future team cant see wazza being that future seeing as he is top end of his 20s chicha welbeck more furture than anything. and powell i like this lad alot but personally i think he should of started more if they didnt think he was ready for it put him out on loan so hes getting playing time hopefully see abit more of him next season if we win the title within the next 2 games play him for the last 6 games

  13. roboo7 says:

    @Red4ever

    when you say future team cant see wazza being that future seeing as he is top end of his 20s chicha welbeck more furture than anything. and powell i like this lad alot but personally i think he should of started more if they didnt think he was ready for it put him out on loan so hes getting playing time hopefully see abit more of him next season if we win the title within the next 2 games play him for the last 6 games

  14. Red Robin says:

    @Marq

    I’ve told in the other thread. It seems like we won’t buy THE midfielder that we need, and seems like we’ll see Jones playing in the middle more often next season.

  15. Saad says:

    What I wouldn’t give to be able to bond adamantium to Phil’s bones.

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