What Sir Alex Ferguson Said About Phil Jones Back In 2011

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Manchester United suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday night, and the biggest culprit behind the concession of both the goals was one defender in particular: Phil Jones.

Not only did the Englishman play a part in conceding the opener in the first half, but he began the second half by slotting the ball past Sergio Romero and into the back of his own net.

After the game, social media was flooded with critical as well as troll comments aimed at the centre-back, but some users, using their phenomenal recall skills, made full use of the circumstances by pointing out an old quote regarding the player by Sir Alex Ferguson.

The legendary manager was the one responsible behind bringing Jones to Manchester United, having signed the defender from Blackburn Rovers for £16.5 million back in 2011.

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After having signed the then starlet, Sir Alex went on to make a humongous declaration, wherein he claimed that Jones was talented enough to go on and become perhaps the greatest player in the history of Manchester United.

“Jones, arguably the way he is looking, could be our best ever player,” Ferguson had stated. “I think Jones may be one of the best players we have ever had, not matter where we play him. At 21 years of age, he is going to be a phenomenal player.

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“I think he can play anywhere on the pitch. He has such a massive influence, with his instinct and reading of the game. He has a drive about him.”

What made this statement even more bizarre was that when stated, Sir Alex had already coached the likes of Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, and Nemanja Vidic, amongst other world-class talents, first-hand.

Wonder what the Scot thinks of the 26-year-old centre-back now…