Jones, during negotiations about his move from Blackburn Rovers, questioned exactly how much he would be involved.
"The area we had to work hardest with Phil was to convince him he would get enough football," said Ferguson.
"The first thing you can say is last season Nani played the most games for us, with 48. He was still 11 short of the maximum.
Ferguson also had a couple of direct examples with which to prove his point.
In the two seasons prior to that, Jonny Evans racked up 60.
"The other thing I explained to him was that we are always trying to look ahead towards the team of the future rather than the team of the present," said Ferguson.
"We expect the team of the present to fulfil their responsibilities but the team of the future is the one that is growing whilst the other one is doing the business."