Phil Jones is a future Man United captain, declares Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Phil Jones is a future Manchester United captain after an impressive first season at Old Trafford

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Phil Jones completed a £16.5m move to Manchester United in June Photo: Nasmac, via Flickr

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Sir Alex Ferguson believes Phil Jones is a future Manchester United captain with the England defender set to return to his former employers Blackburn Rovers on Monday night.

The 20-year-old swapped Ewood Park for Old Trafford in a £16.5m deal last summer, and Jones has made 34 appearances in his first season with the Red Devils.

“He’s definitely a future captain,” Ferguson told United’s website. “There’s no doubt about that. I said that from the minute he came to us that I thought there was something about the boy.”

Jones made his United debut in their 3-2 victory over Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley last August, and the versatile defender went on to make his first Premier League appearance against West Bromich Albion a week later.

He has also excelled in midfield and has proven his worth as an able deputy for United’s senior players but Ferguson admitted Jones’ recent illness has been a big setback for both the player and the club.

“He was doing great until he started getting all these injuries and a bit of illness with ‘flu,” added Ferguson.

“That kind of thing has derailed his time with us as he and Chris Smalling have had a nightmare, the two of them.

“If they can stay fit for the rest of the season, it’ll be a big bonus for us because they are exceptionally good young players.”

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