Scot lauds versatile Jones after title triumph.
Sir Alex Ferguson says Phil Jones can become the greatest player in Manchester United’s illustrious history, after the Red Devils claimed a 20th top flight title.
Monday’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa clinched the Premier League crown for United, with Jones impressing in the heart of defence for the the home side.
And Ferguson, who has won the English top flight title 13 times in his career, believes Jones could be the best player the club has ever had.
The Old Trafford outfit boast a catalogue of legends, including Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, Duncan Edwards and George Best, while Ferguson has managed the likes of Roy Keane, Peter Schmeichel, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo.
But the 71-year-old believes Jones can top the lot.
“Jones, arguably the way he is looking, could be our best ever player. I think Jones may be one of the best players we have ever had, not matter where we play him,” the Scot is quoted as saying by ESPN.
Jones can play in centre-half, in midfield or at right back but has been hampered by injuries this season, starting just nine times for United in the league, without scoring in that time.
Ferguson stressed that the former Blackburn player’s position was unimportant.
“At 21 years of age, he is going to be a phenomenal player. I think he can play anywhere on the pitch,” the United boss added.
“He has such a massive influence, with his instinct and reading of the game. He has a drive about him.”
Meanwhile, Ferguson has also offered encouragement to the club’s other youngsters and believes they are only going to get better.
“Rafa [Rafael da Silva] is incredible. That impetuosity has left him playing with greater maturity now, as the season has progressed. David de Gea has developed fantastically well.
“I think we have a nucleus of players who are young enough we expect them to improve. It’s not asking too much of players to improve.”