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Manchester United defender Phil Jones has revealed a heartwarming message he recently received from Sir Alex Ferguson. The 29-year-old was signed by the legendary Scot back in 2011 after impressing for Blackburn and England’s youth teams.

Phil Jones has given an insight into a touching conversation he had with Manchester United’s legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson earlier this year.

Sir Alex was the man to bring Jones to Old Trafford after his impressive early spells for Blackburn and captaining England’s U21’s side.

Jones has been a United player for 10 years now, making a grand total of 165 Premier League appearances having failed to nail down a regular starting place for much of that time.

The Preston-born defender has recently returned to action, playing for United’s U23’s after a 20-month injury lay-off.

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It’s fair to say that Jones’s career hasn’t panned out the way many were expecting, with his last appearance coming in January 2020 against Tranmere in the FA Cup.

But there was a time when many were tipping Jones to become a club legend, with Sir Bobby Charlton comparing him to Duncan Edwards, and one of those would almost certainly have been Ferguson.

Known more for his hairdryer treatment than handing out compliments, it seems like Jones will always remember receiving one glowing comment from Ferguson while attending the premiere of his documentary in May this year.


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He told The Times in a recent interview: “He was just unbelievable for me. I went to the premiere of his film with a few players and he came over, we shook hands and then out of the blue he said, ‘Hey, you were f***ing terrific against Real Madrid away [in 2013]. F***ing marking Ronaldo.’ It just gave me so much confidence.

“To be honest, I didn’t even watch his premiere, I was just sitting there thinking about his comment, thinking, ‘He remembers it . . . someone of his magnitude remembers that.’”

Jones will be targeting a return to first team football in the not-too-distant future now he is back in full training.

Jones was due to return after the lockdown last May, but explained that that despite feeling better than ever, his knee problems continued to wreak havoc.

He says he completed one set of the sprint exercise “and then just couldn’t run, couldn’t pick my leg up to bend it. I just walked in.

“Everyone was saying, ‘What’s he doing?’ I’d lost my mind completely. I’m thinking, ‘I’m finished, can’t be bothered with all this any more.’ I went straight to the doc and said, ‘Enough’s enough. I’ve had too many anti-inflammatories, too many injections, too many close shaves. I need this sorted.’”

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