When 20-year old Phil Jones started his Manchester United career, comparisons were made to the late United legend that was Duncan Edwards, but since then he hasn’t really set the world alight with his defensive capabilities due to persistent injuries, although the talent is clearly there for all to see.
Ferguson has heaped praise on the youngster by comparing him to Chelsea legend John Terry, as well as claiming that Jones’ all-round game and versatility means he has the potential to be the better of the two.
Sir Alex said: “He’s got more in his locker than Terry had to be honest with you but Terry gathered experience and became a fantastic central figure for Chelsea. Obviously, he was the main man at Chelsea but, as a young player, I think John would be the first to admit he didn’t have the pace of Jones. He’s a very versatile boy while John is a centre-back. Jones is proving himself everywhere.” He added. “He can play anywhere. He is quick, two-sided and reads the game well. He’s competitive and has got a great change of pace going forward so the boy has done very well.”