Phil Jones is no stranger to the challenge of adapting to various positions on a football pitch, having been deployed in a number of different roles since he signed for Manchester United in the summer.

But the 19-year-old admits he was a little surprised to be playing in central midfield in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.

Jones claims his natural position is at the centre of defence, but having been asked by Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson to play at right-back, the former Blackburn man again showed his versatility in a more advanced role at the weekend.

"Yes, it was a surprise," he told MUTV. "But, if the gaffer says I'm playing there, there's no arguments. I'm happy to be playing.


 

"It's hard as I've not played there in a while. The last time I played there, was for Blackburn quite a while ago but I had to adapt and I think it was about breaking the play up and making it difficult for Liverpool to play in there because it was quite congested."

Reflecting on the well-earned point on Merseyside, Jones relished the occasion as two of the country's most successful clubs went head-to-head in the Barclays Premier League.

"It was difficult, but I thought the lads did well and we deservedly got the point," he added. "It's a hostile one and a tough one but we knew that and expected it.

"We coped with it well, even when they got a slightly controversial free-kick outside the box and they put it in, we still kept at it and found ourselves in the game."

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