United new boy wants to be centre of attention

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If there was any doubt about Manchester United new boy Phil Jones' favoured position, it certainly doesn't stem from the player himself, who revealed his goal is to establish his place at the heart of the Red Devils' defence.

Sir Alex Ferguson has already gone on record praising Jones for the versatility shown on the club's pre-season tour of USA, raising speculation that he could in fact be deployed in a more advanced defensive midfield position.

"I used to play in midfield," Jones told Inside United. "But I definitely consider myself a centre half and that's where I play my best football.

"I like to see the game in front of me and read the play. At Blackburn, when the manager asked me to move into midfield, it was strange and I didn't expect it.

"It took a few games to adapt to that role and the positions to take. If I was asked to do that here, I'd feel comfortable with it."

Jones' £16million switch from Ewood Park to Old Trafford, has been widely regarded as something of a transfer coup for Ferguson - who should be commended for his forward-thinking approach to protect the long-term future of the club.


The move, which sees the 19-year-old link up with England U21 defensive partner Chris Smalling at Manchester United has all the ingredients to be another very astute signing, especially as Jones believes there is more to come from him, as he plans to get even better.

"As a centre-back, I read the game well," continued Jones. "I'm good in the air and have a decent range of passing.

"Like every footballer, I have things to improve and I'll continue to work on them at United."

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