Date: 27th August 2011 at 9:38pm
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Phil Jones

It's almost scary what he'll be like when he grows up

Following his sterling performances so far in a Red shirt, Phil Jones has rightly been receiving a lot of plaudits.

Jonny Evans who formed a steady partnership with the former Blackburn man for the game against Spurs has been quick to praise his defensive colleague.

The Manchester Evening News took some time off from drooling over City to note:

Happy to bring the ball out of defence, solid in the tackle and not afraid to make his opinions known, little wonder Evans felt Tottenham were taking on someone far older than 19.

“Phil was outstanding,” said the Northern Ireland international.

“It is hard to believe he is only 19.

“He has shown a lot of confidence, has a great physical presence you don’t get in many players of his age, is quick and has great ability on the ball.

“He has settled in really well, just like Ashley Young and David de Gea.

“You don’t have to go out of your way to help them. It seems like they have already been here for a really long time.”

It’s difficult not to get carried away with Jones, such has been his emphatic start, but I genuinely believe if used in front of the back four he could be United’s best hope of finally overcoming Barcelona.  I know it’s a ridiculous amount of expectation to put on a 19 year old with less than 50 top flight appearances but he genuinely seems that gifted.