Jones wants long-term Man Utd role at centre-back

Manchester United’s Phil Jones is keen to establish himself at the Premier League champions as a centre-back, Sky Sportshas reported, having been played at right-back and in midfield at various times in his Old Trafford career.

Jones started in midfield under David Moyes as United beat league leaders Arsenal on Sunday but ended the game in central defence, the position he feels is his best in the long run. “It’s always nice to play in the position you feel most comfortable in,” Jones said.

I played in midfield against Norwich in the Capital One Cup, but mostly it has been centre-back and that’s where I want to be, the former Blackburn player added. “When I came, it was always the plan to establish myself as a centre-back and I hope to do it this season. If the manager keeps faith in me, I’ll make sure I can cement a spot there and get a good run there.

Jones left Blackburn for United in 2011, signed by Moyes’ predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson, who predicted big things for the versatile youngster, claiming he could become one of United’s greatest ever players. “It was very flattering and unexpected, particularly coming from someone like that and when you think of all the great players this club has had,” Jones said.

The 21-year-old has made 80 appearances for United, having joined the club with only 40 games for Blackburn to his name. Jones has also featured regularly for England and is in the squad to play Chile and Germany over the forthcoming international period.

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