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Manchester United utility man wants defensive role

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Manchester United utility man Phil Jones has expressed his desire to cement a role at the heart of their defence, after the 21-year-old was used in both a central-midfield role and his favoured centre-back position in his sides victory over Arsenal this weekend. 

The former Blackburn player has regularly been played out of position since his transfer to Old Trafford two-and-a-half years ago, impressing as a centre-midfielder as well as a make-shift right back. 

He told The Sun: "I'm pleased to be getting a bit of a run at centre-half. It's always nice to play in the position you're most comfortable in. 

"In the Capital One Cup I played in centre-midfield against Norwich, but this season it's mostly been centre-back - and that's where I want to be.

"When I first came here, it was always the plan to establish myself at the back."

And he clearly has the backing of former boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who lauded him as a player of the very highest potential before his retirement last year.

Jones has only made 67 appearances in the league and the Champions League since his June 2011 move, but Britain's most successful manager obviously sees a lot of talent the youngster he signed from Blackburn. 

And the upcoming international friendlies with Chile and Germany should serve as a chance for the young defender to stake a claim for a spot on England's plane to Brazil - but he knows he has stiff competition. 

WIth United having a large contingent of English players, Jones is confident that can only be a good thing for the national side.

"There's a good little group of us at Old Trafford, six or seven of us. It can only help England if we're playing together." 

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