Phil Jones' Manchester United career to date has been a success.

Coming up to his fiftieth appearance for the club; he's still only 21.

If he finds a good run of games in the coming years and establishes a solid place in the first XI for United, he could make a run at the all time appearance record whilst being a possible future captain for England.

He does face a dilemma, however, which sees an asset of his turning rather problematic; his versatility.

Jones has always maintained that he wants to fulfil the role of central defender, yet his appearances last year as a defensive midfielder were nothing short of inspirational for United at a time where the spine of the team seemed to be missing.

Michael Carrick has never been a tackler in the sense of how past United players were.

Jones needs to tone his taking down at times. He did a fantastic job against Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Marouane Fellaini last season as a defensive midfielder, man-marking some hard to handle players with success. 

I would be more than happy to watch him exert his trade next to Vidic for the next few years, yet so far this hasn't been a case with consistency.

United still lack a genuine 'ball-getter' in the midfield and Jones can fill that void starting now.

Fellaini has proven why he has never truly liked playing in too a defensive position and that United's style of play may not be beneficial to him, as opposed to the more direct style he performed to at Everton where balls were there to be ran at as opposed to pass around and maintain.

Jones is still a work in progress; for his career's sake Moyes needs to take the next step and dedicate an eventual position for Jones in order to gain the maximum benefit from his long term career.

The pluses of Jones as a central defender are that's where he wants to play and I feel that's where he'll be best suited for the long term - United bought him as a central defender.

However, the pluses regarding Jones as a central defensive midfielder include Jones getting a solid first XI spot more immediately and filling a void United haven't really assessed since Roy Keane left.

Pondering Jones over both positions (and even right back at times) leaves United risking Jones developing into a mediocre utility man rather than a world class central defender or defensive midfielder, for which he deserves. 

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