Salgado tips Jones for top

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Manchester United defender Phil Jones is a future England captain, insists former teammate, and Blackburn veteran Michel Salgado.

The 19-year-old utility man has shined for the Red Devils in a variety of positions since making the summer switch from Ewood Park to Old Trafford, but the Spaniard insists he is unsurprised by Jones' form.

"He is a future England captain — I'm absolutely convinced," Salgado told The Sun. "I remember a Carling Cup game for Blackburn when he was 17 and I said to people 'crikey he's a good player.'

"I loved his attitude but it was only a Carling Cup game so you reserve judgement, and then you see him in the league and he is just as good.

"Now he has gone to United at 19 and he is among their best players. He has personality and talent."

Jones will be under the spotlight even more this season following the news that United's captain Nemanja Vidic will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in the UEFA Champions League loss to FC Basel.

But Salgado, who played at right-back for La Liga giants Real Madrid, and made over 50 appearances for the Spanish national team prior to his move to England, spoke glowingly about the youngsters potential.

"When Capello played him in central midfield for England some complained but I thought it was rational and he played well against the world champions.

"He has everything he needs to play there, centre-back or right-back, never loses his concentration, he's always well positioned and he's a great athlete."

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