Manchester United starlet Phil Jones is hoping to make his return from injury against old club Blackburn Rovers tomorrow.
The 19-year-old defender moved to Old Trafford for a reported £16 million in June, but became a doubt for the clash against Steve Kean's side after suffering a facial injury against Fulham on December 21st.
Whilst the problem was not as serious as first thought, Ferguson rested the England international for the 5-0 win against Wigan on Boxing Day, but has the versatile centre back in contention once again to face the Barclays Premier League's basement side.
"I’m still a massive fan – as soon as we come off the pitch I always look to see how Blackburn have got on. I still have a lot of friends at the club," Jones told United Review.
"I’m sure they’ll kick on and things will improve. They’re a lot better than their league position shows. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, they’re at the bottom of the table now.
"We won’t find it easy, though. It’s going to be tough. I know what sort of squad Blackburn have and there are some cracking players there. We can’t take them lightly."
Despite his affection for the Ewood Park outfit, Jones admits he's having a great time with the Red Devils after settling into life quickly at Old Trafford.
And, with plenty of years ahead of him, Jones is hoping he can make a long-term impact for Sir Alex Ferguson and build on his already impressive reputation for both club and country.
"Ever since I arrived I’ve been made to feel welcome. I’ve settled in quickly and I’m really enjoying my football, probably more so than ever before," he concluded.
"I just hope I can continue at United for a very long time."