Jones wants to break Rio/Vidic axis at Manchester United


Phil Jones wants to become a regular centre-half pick for Manchester United.

The England international joined the Reds last summer from Blackburn Rovers, and he has established himself as a useful member of the first team setup. However, his ability to play in a number of positions has hindered his chances of nailing down a regular start.

Jones has featured in midfield and at right fullback as well as in the heart of the back four, but it is the latter where he sees his future. And whilst this means breaking up the Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic axis, he is up for the challenge.

"I have said all along centre-half is where I feel most comfortable," said the 20-year-old. "I understand and read the game better there. It was certainly not a problem playing at the back with Chris Smalling on Saturday (the 4-1 FA Cup win against Fulham.

“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.”

As well as the established Ferdinand and Vidic, Jones would also have to nudge ahead of Jonny Evans to earn a regular spot at centre-half. And the form of the Northern Ireland international would suggest this poses just as big a challenge.

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