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Phil Jones: Manchester United's next Roy Keane

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What we saw during yesterday's Champions League clash between Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen from young Englishman Phil Jones was a pure professional no-nonsense performance.

With Ryan Giggs bagging all the limelight, one cannot simply look past the other defensive midfielder who brought solidarity to the midfield. The pair brought a completely different class to the midfield compared to the unstable pairing of Tom Cleverley and Marouane Fellaini.
 
Ever since he was signed for United for a fee of around £17m, Jones has only kept improving. He is starting to become a true utility player; he can play as a right-back, a centre-back and as a defensive midfielder. 

The previous England U-21 head coach Stuart Pearce believed the ex-Blackburn Rovers player could one day became England captain.

Ever since Roy Keane moved to Celtic in 2005, United haven't found a replacement for him. Many now believe that Jones could emulate the retired midfielder. Like Keane, what Jones lacks in flair makes up with his versatility and talent. 

Last night against Bayer Leverkusen, he was calm on the ball, made strides forward when needed, covered the back-line. Jones could have topped his amazing performance yesterday with a goal, but his acrobatic efforts weren't enough to beat goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

Under David Moyes' guidance, Fellaini became a major threat in the Premier League. Likewise Jones could become one of the best midfielders under the ex-Everton manager.

With Michael Carrick out for five or more weeks, and with Giggs ageing, Moyes would probably go for the pairing of Fellaini-Jones in midfield. 

Whether the pairing will work out, whether Jones could give consistently solid performances in centre of midfield, is still unknown. Only time can answer these questions.


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