Jones has central United plans


Phil Jones is happy to play anywhere for Manchester United and England – for the moment.

The former Blackburn man has stated his desire to eventually become a regular Old Trafford centre back, which is his favoured position.

The versatile 19-year-old has been deployed in midfield and at right back for Sir Alex Ferguson at United though, a trend followed by England Manager Fabio Capello.

Jones said: “My favourite position is centre-back, and I think that's where I'll end up as my career develops.

"The bottom line is that I enjoy playing football and I'll play anywhere. I used to play right midfield when I was younger. I also played striker when I was younger. But I think versatility is always an advantage. It allows you to play more. I don't see how it could be a disadvantage.

"Hopefully in time I'll nail down a regular place in a set position. For now, though, I'm just happy to play football."

His manager at United has admitted at being impressed with Jones’ adaptability and concurred with Capello’s comments that likened the young star with Italian legend Franco Baresi.

Ferguson said: “I think since he has joined us, his improvement has been really, not remarkable, but eye-catching in the sense that we know he’s 19 years of age.

“We know it’s a big step up from Blackburn to United, but he’s been absolutely fantastic. He can play anywhere, I’m sure of that, he’s versatile, he’s two-footed, he’s quick, he’s got good perception of the game.

“So I’m not surprised what Fabio is saying. I think he can be a really influential player for us and England in the next few years."

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