Sir Alex Ferguson very famously compared Phil Jones to one of Manchester United’s greatest ever players Duncan Edwards. This comment raised a lot of eyebrows when the young versatile English defender came to Old Trafford from Blackburn Rovers.
Having been at Manchester United for 5 years, and now in his 6th year, Phil Jones has had his career plagued by injuries and has thus not been able to fulfil his promising potential as seen by many as the legendary Scotsman.
When he plays, Jones is a really good defender with speed, good reading of the game and utter fearlessness. At the age of 25, I personally believe that this is Phil Jones’ last season to prove his fitness and worth to manager Jose Mourinho or he will be moved on for a new defender, with various academy products like Axel Tuanzebe and Timothy Fosu-Mensah biting at his heels.
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In my eyes, If Jones can keep himself fit for the season he could be colossal in Manchester United’s push for the Premier League title.
Phil Jones has played 2 games along side Eric Bailly and both of them seem to have developed a really good understanding between themselves. Those 2 games have ended with 2 clean sheets for the duo, with Phil Jones averaging 1.5 tackles, 3.5 interceptions and 7 clearances per game.
The trait that has recently caught me by surprise about Jones is his leadership ability as, on numerous times, I’ve noticed him shouting out orders to the rest of the back line and this has really impressed me.
All in all, the 2 games played were respectfully against significantly weaker opposition and it’s on Jones himself to get rid of the lingering doubts over his fitness and prove to the manager that he could be a vital part in the next chapter of this illustrious club.
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