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Sir Alex Ferguson remembered as the manager who believed in Phil Jones

Sir Alex Ferguson remembered as the manager who believed in Phil Jones

Manchester United once again dropped points after they played to a 3-3 draw against Sheffield United on Sunday evening at Bramall Lane.

It makes sense as to why United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be questioned for some of his decisions especially with that of centre-back Phil Jones. 

Jones certainly did not have a good day at the office especially in the first half of the contest at Bramall Lane - he was schooled by Sheffield's Lys Moussett before he fell on his back as John Fleck went on to open the scoreline for the Blades. 

Solskjaer went on to replace him at half time and brought on Jesse Lingard in hopes of changing the dynamic of United's game in defence. 

"We've had to change," he said as quoted by Give Me Sport. 

"We had to go for it in the second half. We had to put another attacker on and I could've changed 11 players at half-time. It's so simple."

However, the Norwegian manager has been rather questionable with his starting XI especially if he could make use of Axel Tuanzebe who was on the bench for the game. 

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Jones at some stage was one of United's best defenders but now he has been dealt with plentiful injury woes that have seen his performances diminish in every match he plays. 

Interestingly enough former manager and Red Devil legend Sir Alex Ferguson is one man who was excited about Jones upon signing him from Blackburn Rovers and he believed in the 27-year-old's abilities. 

Back in 2013 when Jones was slowly integrating into his role of replacing Rio Ferdinand, Ferguson was quoted by The Mirror saying: "Jones, arguably the way he is looking, could be our best ever player. I think Jones may be one of the best players we have ever had, no matter where we play him.

"At 21 years of age, he is going to be a phenomenal player. I think he can play anywhere on the pitch.

"He has such a massive influence, with his instinct and reading of the game. He has a drive about him."

However, Ferguson announced his retirement and reports claim that was the reason for Jones' spiralling and some believe that he could have gone on to be one of the greatest defenders had he managed to remain fit and perhaps if Ferguson was still at the club.