However, he has gone from strength to strength this season, starting with a fantastic display at the Bernabeu when he did a great job marking Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manchester City fans, for whatever reason, took to mocking Jones though. “You signed Phil Jones, we signed Kun Aguero” goes their chant. That chant came back to haunt them when in the summer we signed Robin van Persie and they signed the likes of Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell.
Last night, Jones won his first title with the club and Sir Alex Ferguson reckons he could go on to be one of our best ever players.
“Jones, arguably the way he is looking, could be our best ever player,” he said. “I think Jones may be one of the best players we have ever had, not matter where we play him. At 21 years of age, he is going to be a phenomenal player. I think he can play anywhere on the pitch. He has such a massive influence, with his instinct and reading of the game. He has a drive about him.”
Ferguson also feels United’s other young players offer great encouragement for the future.
“Rafa is incredible,” he added. “That impetuosity has left him playing with greater maturity now, as the season has progressed. David de Gea has developed fantastically well. I think we have a nucleus of players who are young enough we expect them to improve. It’s not asking too much of players to improve.”
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