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Sir Alex Ferguson: Phil Jones Is Ready To Play For Manchester United Now

Old Trafford will see new star very soon.

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson insists defender Phil Jones is ready for first-team action straight away.

The Old Trafford boss has sent out a warning to his established centre-half pairing Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand that the 19-year-old is good enough to replace them.

The England U21 international cost £16.5million from Blackburn will compete along with Chris Smalling for a place in United’s defence.

“We first identified Jones when he played for Blackburn’s youth team against us a couple of years ago when they beat us 3-0,” Ferguson told Inside United.

“He was absolutely magnificent.

“You might think he might not play, but the ability he’s got and the determination he’s got, he could quite easily play.

“He’s the future obviously, but he could certainly come in right away.”

Ferguson intends to start with Ashley Young as a left-winger but will consider him in a number of positions, and backed goalkeeper David de Gea to fill the void left by Edwin van der Sar.

“Ashley can play in more than one position,” he added. “He can play wide right, left, even behind the striker, so we have options there.

“But, initially, we’ll start him as a wide left player.”

In relation to De Gea, he added: “We worked hard to get the deal done because it wasn’t easy. Atletico Madrid obviously regarded him very highly.

“But we managed to get it done and we’re delighted he joined us.

“The past is the past and Edwin is part of the past. He had an incredible career with us. He was an incredible goalkeeper. But, hopefully, the future belongs to David de Gea.”

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