The England international has had high praise for Ryan Nelsen.
Phil Jones has conducted a Facebook question and answer session today during with an abundance of Manchester United fans desperate to find out a bit more from one of their star players. And he revealed the defender he learned from the most in his career, which might leave you surprised.
The Q&A, which was done for United Review, saw him asked several questions ranging from what he would have done if he wasn't a footballer to to the toughest striker he faces in training.
"I've been lucky to have played with a lot of really good defenders already, so obviously the likes of Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic have to be up there. But even when I go back to my Blackburn days, I learned a lot from playing with Ryan Nelsen. He was a great defender, a leader and it was really beneficial for me to play alongside him."
The likes of Ferdinand and Vidic were to be expected, but it is tough to remember just how young Jones was when he broke into the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers. Having the experience of the New Zealand international alongside him must have played a massive role in his development.
Which is probably why he gave him the nod ahead of his more illustrious counterparts.