Phil Jones; Can he be as good as Yaya Toure?

Phil Jones produced a superb midfield performance for Manchester United yesterday as they drew 1-1 away at Arsenal.

Is there any role in this current Manchester United team that Phil Jones can’t play? Possibly goalkeeper, but even then he’d probably do a half decent job between the sticks.

Before Sir Alex Ferguson switched him to a position in the back four yesterday, he was playing with the same drive and determination that we normally see from Manchester City’s main midfield man.

Jones looked almost the complete midfielder at times; able to provide good protection to the back four, able to distribute the ball efficiently and able to get into the opponent’s penalty area to get on the end of some chances.

The only bit of his game that looked missing compared to Yaya Toure’s yesterday was his finishing, as he squandered a couple of very good chances that would have ultimately cost United the game.

How United should approach him playing in this sort of position is very interesting because the natural urge will be to keep him there because he was very effective.

However, plenty of people have suggested United are not going to get the very best form out of him until they settle him into a position, with centre back supposedly the best option.

It’s intriguing considering United are heading into a summer transfer market supposedly looking for a midfield heavyweight as one of their only signings.

Whether Ferguson feels he needs someone to protect the defence we won’t know until he makes that move but Jones seems to be a player good enough in the current squad, who can do that job.

That allows United to go out and get a more classic version of the attacking Yaya Toure, who will ultimately release Jones to play in his best position inside the United back four.

It’s just amazing how comfortable he looks playing in literally any position in the current United side, remarkable when looking at how they have wrapped up the title this season.

Jones is a special player and someone Ferguson recently described as a monster for football in the respect that he wants to learn about and play seemingly every possible position in a side.

He will settle as a defender but he’s just made that decision much harder for Ferguson with his role as a midfield man, the sort of midfield man that United are looking to go out and buy.

Centre back or defensive midfield?

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