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Jones Craves Centre Stage

Manchester United’s young utility defender, Phil Jones, says he sees himself at the heart of the club’s defence in the future.

Jones has played as a right-back and a defensive midfielder for United, since his move to Old Trafford from Blackburn with a big reputation.

But he enjoyed his run-out at centre-back in United’s FA Cup demolition of Fulham last weekend, and wants to play there more often in the future.

For now, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic remain United’s first-choice central defensive pairing.

But Jones wants to make the position his own in the future, alongside his England Under21 team-mate, Chris Smalling, who partnered him to good effect against his former club, the Cottagers.

"I have said all along centre-half is where I feel most comfortable," said Jones.

"I understand and read the game better there.

"It was certainly not a problem playing at the back with Chris Smalling on Saturday. We have played quite a lot together for England Under 21s and we understand each other's game.

"In a way, I kind of shoot myself in the foot a bit by being able to play in other positions. But I am at Manchester United and I love playing for this club.

"I didn't have a great start to the season because of injury but hopefully I can push my way into the side and get some games under my belt, so really I am happy to play anywhere."

Is Phil Jones the future for Manchester United?

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