|Full name||Philip Anthony Jones|
|Date of birth||21 February 1992|
|Place of birth||Preston, England|
|£16.5 - £17 million|
1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
www.manutd.com today finally confirmed that Manchester United has been successful in signing Phil Jones, the 19 year old extremely talented central defender on a 5 year contract from Blackborn Rovers (an Indian owned Lancashire based Premier League Club). The Transfer fee is speculated to be around £16.5-£17million bracket but according to a very close source, its likely to be £16.5 million The news has been a very welcoming one for the United fans all over the world who were rather frustrated on hearing statements like "has agreed terms and will join shortly" or envious rumours that Liverpool FC have increased the bid for the Lancashire born lad. But eventually, Phil Jones chose Manchester United after having a successful medical, where he would actually win trophies. On being asked about his future once in an interview, Jones said "I would rather stay at Blackburn trophyless than make a move to Liverpool FC". His quality of hating Liverpool is already winning him the support of United followers.
|Phil Jones' red MUFC t-shirt|
If you're thinking that Phil Jones was a pretty anonymous name before he joined MUFC in the 2011-12 transfer window, you maybe wrong! Being English, Jones has always been backed by the commentators, media and the the England players. On an encounter with Manchester United at Ewood Park this season, Jones successfully stopped big names like Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Dimitar Berbatov, Antonio Valencia and even Ryan Giggs from scoring goals. His defending has been totally brilliant as he can defend all sorts of balls; be it corners, long balls, short passes. His strong physique allows him to be a strong central defender. If he stood besides Nemenja Vidic or even Wes Brown, one couldn't tell they're 10+ years older than him.
Here's Jones's performance against Manchester United this season (amazing defending)
Phil Jones marks the first transfer of the 2011-12 season, the season which could be United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson's last as he'll be turning 70 years old soon. The coming soon could be the most important one of his life as he looks to achieve a victory in the Champions League Final, something he's been failed to do since 3 years and twice stopped by Barcelona FC. So I feel there is a strong desire to prove to the world that SAF can still defeat Barcelona with his old technique of buying young and talented fledglings and turning them into golden sparrows. For example, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane,.. The list can go on but the point is that Fergie's fledglings have attained a lot of glory in domestic and European tournaments however, we're still behind Liverpool's tally of 5 European trophies after just surpassing their 18 premier league titles. Phil Jones initiates what could be a massive squad building campaign this season since Paul Scholes, Edwin Van Der Sar and Gary Neville have already retired from the club. Finalising deals on Ashley Young and David De Gea are likely to be next on Manchester United's agenda.
Phil Jones and Chris Smalling undoubtedly represent Fergie's Fledglings and definitely hold the future to England and Manchester United defence. Chris Smalling who was purchased from Fulham in the last season on a transfer fee of £10 million has proven to be a strong defender and justified the high transfer fee for a 20 year old. Phil Jones is approx £7 million expensive than Smalling which only means he has been in great demand around the Premier League clubs. All in all, I feel Manchester United have done a great business with Fulham FC and Blackburn Rovers. Investing £17 million in young players will show its real value when both the U-21 players develop into strong men leading their way into England and Manchester United central defence. Phil Jones, has already been eyed as a future England captain contender, and after the joining Manchester United, his chances only get better.
Let's wish the newly signed Phil Jones all the best and hope to see his picture with David Gill, the Chief Executive of the club, after he returns from international duty.
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