Jones backed to come good at United
Phil Jones is being backed to finally have the last laugh on the sneer-leaders who mocked him for years.
No player has been savaged as much as the Manchester United centre-back, who has spent huge chunks of his Old Trafford career battling injuries.
The 30-year-old is doing so again now, sitting out the pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia to make sure he is fit for next month’s big kick-off.
Jones has refused to throw in the towel and knocked back loan moves in his determination to prove he can still become a United regular.
And with Erik ten Hag’s arrival meaning a level playing field for everyone, at last there is a shaft of light for a man Sir Alex Ferguson once said could be United’s finest-ever player.
Now former team mate David Dunn has backed him to come good this campaign.
“Jonesy was always a special player — he could cover ground quickly, he was athletic, very determined and so resilient, which he’s had to be,” Dunn told SunSport.
“He was so tough, as well. And I don’t just mean physically but mentally, which has always been the way at Blackburn. So I know Jonesy will have no problem bouncing back.
“I think he’s had a raw deal but he’s so versatile.
“He can play right-back, centre-back, central midfield, all over the pitch.
“I see it as a gift but it has probably had a detrimental effect on him at times.
“I know he’s had injuries but for all the problems he is still only 30 and don’t forget, that means he hasn’t got the miles on his legs.”