Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has heaped praise on Phil Jones, even going so far as to suggest the young defender can become the greatest player in the club's history.

The 21-year-old played 90 minutes as United beat Aston Villa 3-0 at Old Trafford on Monday evening to wrap up the Premier League title.

And Ferguson was blown away by the performance of Jones - a player he signed from Blackburn for £16.5m in 2011.

"Jones, arguably the way he is looking, could be our best ever player," Ferguson said as reported by ESPN. "I think Jones may be one of the best players we have ever had, no matter where we play him.

"At 21 years of age, he is going to be a phenomenal player. I think he can play anywhere on the pitch.

"He has such as massive influence, with his instinct and reading of the game. He has a drive about him."

Praise indeed from a manager who's won 13 Premier League titles, and coached some of the most decorated players in the club's history - including Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Eric Cantona.

Others who rank among Manchester United's greatest include Peter Schmeichel, Cristiano Ronaldo, Roy Keane, George Best, Sir Bobby Charlton and Duncan Edwards.

Jones has won England recognition since joining the club, and his versatility is cherished by both his club manager and his international boss Roy Hodgson.

The youngster can play in the centre of defence, in holding midfielder or at right back. But many see his long-term future at centre-back.

Monday's 3-0 victory secured United's 20th top-flight title, and their 13th in the Premier League.

So, what do you think? Could Jones become the greatest player in United's history? Have your say below...

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