Marouane Fellaini says Phil Jones is Manchester United's best tackler

According to Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones is the club's toughest tackler.

Marouane Fellaini has found himself in the limelight in recent weeks, thanks to his excellent displays in Manchester United's new-look system.

The 27-year-old, signed by David Moyes for £27.5 million two summers ago, experienced a torrid first 18-months at Old Trafford, but now, having found his feet he is receiving the praise he rightfully deserves. 

He found himself under a different spotlight in midweek, when quizzed by the club's official website for their regular 'With and Against' feature, and it's fair to say his responses may surprise a few.

The Red Devils midfielder was asked to name the toughest tacklers he has ever played with and against; to which he replied former team-mate Phil Jagielka and Manchester United's Phil Jones.

The statistics appear to support Fellaini's claim, as, based on those who have made 20 or more tackles this season, it is only the Belgian who boasts a greater success rate than his English team-mate at Old Trafford. 

  PositionTackles attempted per GameTackles won per GameTackle Success (%)Appearances
Marouane Fellaini MF 2.53 2.16 85 19
Phil Jones DF 2.12 1.71 81 17
Antonio Valencia MF 3.21 2.42 75 24
Daley Blind MF 2.44 1.83 75 18
Jonny Evans DF 2.31 1.62 70 13

Jones has been forced to contend with a number of injury problems this term, but when fit, he has been an central figure in Louis van Gaal's back-line. He has accrued 17 league appearances in 2014-15 thus far.

Touted as having the potential to be an Old Trafford great by Sir Alex Ferguson, quoted by Daily Mail, when he first signed for the club from Blackburn Rovers, Jones, still only 23 years of age, has a very long way to go before he can live up to such a prestigious endorsement.

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