The biggest threat to Phil Jones’ career is...

Phil Jones

Manchester United ace Phil Jones could find that the biggest threat which faces him throughout his career is himself.

Jones has become hugely popular with Manchester United supporters for his ability to do any job in the team, with the same youthful enthusiasm and energy you will find at school boy level.

That in itself is not a bad thing, but where the grey area comes in is how he physically acts around a football pitch.

One of the biggest criticisms of Jones’ game is that he is too willing to launch into tackles and challenges, without making sure he gets himself in the right positions to make those interceptions.

It’s what he himself puts down as the reason he’s picked up three injuries this season, which have kept him out of the side and have caused him to only appear in 14 Premier League matches all season.

Sir Alex Ferguson has publicly stated his admiration for Jones and his ability to take like a duck to water with any position in and around the United team, he could probably do a half decent job in goal.

However, the boss is going to become increasingly frustrated if the same sort of injuries keep appearing because Jones is too enthusiastic when it comes to breaking up opposition attacks and trying to win the ball back.

The recent ankle injury he picked up came as a result of him trying to win the ball back, without any real chance of doing so, after giving away position which kept him out of the side for just under two months.

Not only is that frustrating to United, Jones has admitted it’s made for a very frustrating season for him personally and something that he’ll have to deal with and mature next season.

Jonny Evans has overtaken him in terms of becoming a primary central defender at United, which is the position that many are tipping Jones to play for the majority of his career.

Had he been able to curb his enthusiasm and turn back the clock, Jones could well have been the player showing the authority in that position as Ferguson prepares for the eventual retirement of Rio Ferdinand.

Jones is still a very young man at just 21-years-old but he needs to understand quickly that other players in the squad will take advantage of his naïve game play if he doesn’t sort out this side to his game.

There aren’t too many criticisms that can be aimed at him but the biggest threat to his career is himself and he needs to remember that Ferguson is a manager who is always watching, always looking to see if his players are ironing out the weaknesses in their own game.

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