Manchester United’s Phil Jones has declared an immense feeling of pride at being likened to Duncan Edwards, who was widely regarded and not just within the realms of Old Trafford, as one of the finest young centre halves in England and Europe, when his life was tragically cut short as a result of injuries suffered in the Munich air disaster, the Telegraph
A series of commanding and imposing displays in the heart of the United side since his summer arrival from Blackburn, has resulted in Jones evoking memories of Edwards, for one Old Trafford legend in particular.
“If you talk to Bobby Charlton,” says Paddy Crerand, a team-mate of Charlton’s in United team which won the 1968 European Cup, “Phil Jones reminds him of Duncan Edwards with his power and build.”
Whilst Jones recognises that fewer, if any, bigger compliments could be paid to him as a young United centre half than being compared in a positive light to Edwards, he has taken this acclaim as graciously as he has performed on the park so far this term.
“It’s brilliant for me to even be considered as being a player who could become as good as Duncan Edwards was. When you come into training in the morning, knowing that people are talking about you in the same breath as players of the Busby era, it is fantastic, but I can’t let it affect me. I have to play my own game and continue to do what I have been doing,” said Jones.
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