Man Utd boss Ferguson: Football animal Jones just fantastic

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits he's excited about the potential of Phil Jones. Ferguson says Jones is an "animal for football".

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits he's excited about the potential of Phil Jones.

Ferguson says Jones is an "animal for football".

He told Inside United: "Jones is going to be a fantastic player, his talent is unbelievable. Yes [his best position is centre-back] but you could play him anywhere. I think you could play him centre-forward! He’s just that type of player, he’s an animal for football. He grasps the game, he understands it. Play him right-back? Brilliant. Play him centre-midfield? No problem. Play him centre-back? Terrific.

"He’s just one of those unusual players you get now and again who can play anywhere. We’ve not had a player like him in terms of someone who can play at that performance level since, well the closest you would get would be Brian McClair.

"Now, Brian McClair was a fantastic player. He could play anywhere, McClair. I remember kidding him on once; I said to him, just go and play in the right-back area and he laughed. I said to him, ‘What are you laughing at?’ and he said, ‘Next week I’ll be centre-half.’ But that was his character, so composed about life. Nothing bothered him."

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