Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is backing Phil Jones to become a more accomplished player than Chelsea captain John Terry, and says the youngster has 'more in his locker' than the former England skipper.
Jones has impressed since signing for Manchester United from Blackburn in the summer transfer window of 2011, although injuries have prevented the 20-year-old from realising his full potential.
Ferguson, though, holds the versatile defender in very high regard indeed, and expects Jones to reach greater heights than Terry has managed during his career with Chelsea.
The Manchester United boss is, however, complimentary of Terry but sees in his young charge a player with the potential to reach the very summit of the game while he is at Old Trafford.
Jones has featured for Manchester United in a variety of positions - including full-back, centre-back and central midfield - and it is this versatility that Ferguson believes marks him out as a future great.
“He’s got more in his locker than Terry had to be honest with you but Terry gathered experience and became a fantastic central figure for Chelsea," said Ferguson, as reported by The Sun.
“Obviously, he was the main man at Chelsea but, as a young player, I think John would be the first to admit he didn’t have the pace of Jones.
“He’s a very versatile boy while John is a centre-back. Jones is proving himself everywhere.”
Jones has made 52 appearances for Manchester United in over 18 months at Old Trafford, although has been restricted to only seven games so far this season.
The former Blackburn youngster has, however, featured in Manchester United's last four outings as he bids to overcome his injury problems and cement his place in the first-team.