Jones praises Carrick contribution

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Michael Carrick is finally starting to get the recognition he deserves following a string of impressive performances for Manchester United this season, but summer signing Phil Jones still feels the midfield maestro is underrated.

The 19-year-old utility man has seen Carrick's qualities at close quarters since making the move to Old Trafford in the summer, and has reserved praise for his Red Devils teammate, whose footballing qualities Jones believes are second-to-none.

"He's terrific," he told "I don't think everybody realises what he does for the team. He's a super footballer and a great lad. He's massively under-rated.

"Other people may not notice what he does but when you're playing alongside him, you can't help but be impressed.

"He seems to have this sixth sense – he knows where to be, where the ball's going to be. He's always in the right place at the right time to either receive the ball or break up an attack. He has a great range of passing, too, and, as we saw at QPR, he has goals in him as well."

Jones has himself proved that he has the ability to chip in with his fair share of goals, whether it is from defence or midfield, after scoring in consecutive games against Aston Villa and FC Basel.

And after hitting the woodwork against QPR at Loftus Road last weekend, the former Blackburn man has shown his attacking prowess is no fluke, before revealing the target he has set himself this campaign.

"I'd probably like to end the season with five or six goals," he admitted. "That would be great.

"If I keep playing in midfield I'm sure I can get into goalscoring positions and bang in a few more."

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