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Fergie: Jones Is Our Future Captain

Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that Phil Jones will be Manchester United’s captain one day.

“He’s definitely a future captain,” said Ferguson. “There’s no doubt about that. I said that from the minute he came to us that I thought there was something about the boy. He was doing great until he started getting all these injuries and a bit of illness with ‘flu. That kind of thing has derailed his time with us as he and Chris Smalling have had a nightmare, the two of them. If they can stay fit for the rest of the season, it’ll be a big bonus for us because they are exceptionally good young players.”

Last season, Jones was in the Blackburn team that lost 7-1 to Old Trafford, and even at 6-0, was screaming and shouting and his fellow defenders. Ferguson claimed it was this attitude that helped confirm that this was a player we needed to sign on day.

Ahead of facing Blackburn tomorrow, Jones has revealed that it was our 19th title winning celebrations at Ewood Park last season which confirmed to him that we were the club he needed to join.

“That is exactly why I left,” he said. “I had some fond memories from my time at Blackburn and there are some wonderful people at the club. But I wanted to win trophies and become part of a team with a massive background, which United have. To lift that trophy at the end of the season would be a wonderful achievement for me.”

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  1. Devil310 says:

    Love this kid. But he’s not a CM. I hope SAF doesn’t keep forcing him there. I still feel his best is at CB, although the boy can put in a cross and run like the wind, so RB isn’t a bad second option.

  2. Ancha says:


    I disagree with your opinion. Mr Jones has all the tools to become one of the best Box2Box MFs and regarding CB position is concerned “at this point” he doesn’t fit in (as he is only 19 there are chances that he may become an excellent CB in future). When you see so much attacking instinct in such a young player I feel it is better to move him to a position which complements those instincts.

  3. Sandeep1878 says:

    Morning reds,

    MG – it was fun reading your captain fantasy posts..

    ambition Captain eh? ;) …time we invited Zibster here ;)


    Not a bad idea but how about having a CB who attacks well?

    I think that will be more beneficial as the game will evolve and becomes fast paced..

    The way full backs got pace, in future even the CBs may need to have the pace…;)

    Smalling, Jonesy both have got good attacking skills…

  4. Ancha says:


    Smalling is already a polished defender with few errors in his defensive game where as Jonesy has a lot rough edges with respect to his defensive game. The good thing is Jones is only 19, so he has loads of time to get polished. The bad part is the attacking gene in him will not be utilized to the maximum if he is to play at CB

  5. Cadelin says:

    Brilliant comments and jokes to start the thread chaps.

    Reminds me of something I once read regarding the use of acronyms for footballers surnames. The example used was for Fat Frank (aka Over the hill captain per above).

    L = Loves
    A = A (no surprise)
    M = Meat
    P = Pie
    A = And
    R = Rarely
    D = Diets

    I am sure we can come up with some to top that, especially the Captain of Comedians TonyBee !!

  6. LoneStarRed says:

    @Red Van Nist Hilarious . Good one.

  7. LoneStarRed says:


    Masculinity Captain

  8. LoneStarRed says:

    Kevin Davies

    Fair Play Captain

  9. LoneStarRed says:

    Jay Spearing- People with tiny heads captain

  10. Alking says:

    I like Jonny Evans as our future captain….smart lad
    Meireles- Captain tatoo…
    RVN, hilarious take on liverpool’s current form,lol

  11. LoneStarRed says:

    Perch was disgraceful.

  12. Alking says:

    Friedel or Dempsey- Captain America

  13. Are you ok Nani? says:

    Suarez – Klan Kaptain

  14. LoneStarRed says:

    Tony V. – Left footed dribblers Captain

  15. LoneStarRed says:

    Tevez – Club loyalty Captain

  16. gfunk says:

    nervous breakdown captain, captain of kings, etc etc


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