Phil Jones: What I can bring to Man United defence under Jose Mourinho
The Manchester United star accepts that he is no longer a young player as the centre-half looks to play more first-team football
Phil Jones has acknowledged that he is no longer a young player and the Manchester United defender needs to be playing regular first-team football at Old Trafford.
The England international has enjoyed a run in Jose Mourinho’s side in recent weeks following injuries to Manchester United centre-halves Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling.
Jones has established an unlikely partnership with Argentina international Marcos Rojo and the pair kept the club’s first clean sheet since October on Sunday as Manchester United eased to a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.
The former Blackburn Rovers defender has endured a string of injuries over the past number of seasons to curtail his progress at the 20-time English champions after Jones arrived at Old Trafford with a big reputation in 2010.
Speaking to United’s website, Jones discussed what qualities he can bring to Mourinho’s side as the England defender looks to cement his place in the starting line-up.
“I’ve always said that if I get a run of games and stay fit, then I know what I’m capable of,” Jones said.
“I’m not this player who goes on mazy runs. I defend, I like to defend and I like to do a job for the team. Hopefully the manager and everyone around can see I’m trying my best for the team.
“I’m still learning, I’m 24, I know that I’m not getting any younger. The whole tag of being a young player is no longer with me anymore but I need to kick on and keep up the performances like I’m doing at the moment and hopefully I can keep improving and get better.
“I’ve missed a lot over the last couple of years – I want to play as many games as possible this season.”
Manchester United finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season.