Paul Scholes: Manchester United's Phil Jones gets dragged out of position too easily

Phil Jones And Thierry Henry

The United legend has repeated his warning about the defender he criticised back in August.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has reaffirmed his view that Phil Jones isn't a good enough centre-back, according to ITV football.

The 40-year-old has in the past criticised the young defender and once again expressed his view that Jones is a shaky defender through the middle during England's 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland.

Indeed, while Scholes thinks the Manchester United star is okay at right-back, he feels he is dragged out of position far too easily and is simply 'not quite clever enough' to be a centre-back.

England kept a clean sheet against Ireland but that was far more down to a match outrageously lacking in overall quality than any Jones expertise.

Scholes said before the England match kicked off on ITV: "I just think at centre-back, when he is playing against clever forwards, he tends to get dragged out of position quite easily.

"I just think at centre-half he is not quite clever enough to do it."

Back in August, Scholes aired a similar criticism of the 23-year-old, suggesting he would even prefer him in midfield for Manchester United.

He said: "I don’t feel that he senses danger in the way that a centre-half should do. I would prefer him to play at right-back, or in midfield."

In the studio, former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon agreed with Scholes, saying he is 'unsure' of Jones through the middle.

England face Slovenia next week, where it will be interesting to see what position Roy Hodgson plays the Manchester United man considering the scrutiny.

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