Jones happy joining Smalling at Man Utd

Phil Jones is happy to be playing with Chris Smalling at new club Manchester United.

Jones will doubtless begin his Old Trafford career behind Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Smalling in the pecking order but he is unfazed by the prospect.

"Chris has shown that you can go in there and play games for United," Jones said of Smalling, who joined the Barclays Premier League champions a year ago.

"He has done extremely well.

"The gaffer has shown he is not afraid to put young faces in the team. When I get the chance I am confident I will take it."

The teenager is also unflustered about facing the famous Ferguson 'hairdryer', adding: "I'm ready for that."

Jones and Smalling's performances were one of few bright spots for England U21 in Denmark during the past 10 days and the pair look set to be a long-term partnership for both club and country.

Jones said: "Chris is a fantastic player. I enjoy playing with him and we complement each other well.

"Hopefully, we can do that in the future."

 
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