Manchester United defender Phil Jones believes he sent a message to Sir Alex Ferguson on Monday night that he's capable of making a senior impact this season.
The 19-year-old centre back found himself in the first team fold at Old Trafford against Tottenham Hotspur, and produced an impressive display alongside Johnny Evans as part of a Red Devils side with an average age of just 23 at kick-off.
Whilst the England youth international recognises that the loss of veterans such as Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, who both limped off against West broom on the opening day, is a blow to the side, Jones is confident the team is capable of covering such problems.
"It helps having a week to prepare. It’s disappointing that Rio [Ferdinand] and Nemanja [Vidic] are injured," he told SkySports.
"You don’t want to lose your best players, especially at the start of the season, but I knew I had my chance to step up to the plate tonight and hopefully I’ve showed the gaffer I can do it."
The former Blackburn Rovers starlet has adapted well to life under Sir Alex Ferguson following his big-money move from Ewood Park earlier in the summer, but Jones is keeping his feel well and truly on the ground.
He was also quick to pay tribute to the United fans after his home debut, and highlighted the speed at which the team play as the big difference between life with United and Rovers.
"It’s incredible. The fans were unbelievable. I knew it would be like this. I was just excited to be out there and pleased with the three points in the end," he continued.
"I think it’s the tempo of the game that's the biggest difference. No disrespect to Blackburn, I enjoyed my time there, but it's the speed at which we play. The gaffer and Rene [Meulensteen] have been saying all week how much energy we’ve got in the side. That showed today and it’s paid off."
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