Phil Jones reveals Man United legend who is his ‘go-to-man’ for help
Man United centre-half Phil Jones says Rio Ferdinand talks sense
Phil Jones says former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been a great source of inspiration in his career.
The Red Devils defender made a return to Louis van Gaal’s first-team in recent weeks after an injury-hit start to the 2015/16 season.
However, Jones has formed a solid partnership with his England colleague Chris Smalling in recent weeks.
And the former Blackburn Rovers defender revealed retired United centre-half Ferdinand is his “go-to-man” if the 23-year-old needs advice.
“Rio just talked sense,” Jones told United’s website.
“Every time I spoke to him he just talked sense, whether it was about me, about the team or just things in general life. Everything he said I listened to and I understood everything about what he was trying to say. He explained everything.
“He was a great go-to man when you needed some help with things. His leadership qualities, his calmness and his overall game were top class. When he was at his peak he was one of the best in the world, if not the best.”
Jones was a second-half substitute in United’s 2-0 victory over the Baggies at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The 23-year-old had started three successive games against Everton, CSKA Moscow and Manchester City but didn’t feature in a goalless stalemate with Crystal Palace or a 1-0 victory over the Russian side mid-week.
Jones moved to United in a £16m deal from Blackburn Rovers in 2012 despite reported interest from Liverpool.
United are in fourth place in the Premier League table.