Phil Jones has spoken out about his return to Manchester United’s first-team and his longest run of games for two years.
He had not played since the start of January as he suffered medial knee ligament damage in September, which was his 28th separate injury or illness during his five years at Old Trafford.
The Englishman’s longest unbroken sequence of starts for United stands at only 13, in the closing third of 2013-14 term, however he has returned to the side in perfect fashion.
Speaking about his situation, Jones claims he’s only at the start of building his long-term future under Jose Mourinho.
“One minute you can be the blue-eyed boy and the next match you can be slated,” Jones said. “I have always said that if I get a run of games and stay fit I know what I am capable of.
“I am still learning but I am 24 and am not getting any younger. The whole tag of being a young player is no longer with me any more.
“I need to kick on and putting in performances like I have been and improve.
“Marcos has been terrific this season. When I wasn’t playing and watched him I thought he was terrific. It is never easy for an Argentine boy to come over and hit the ground running.”
His future at the club had come under uncertainty following his latest injury, but he has flourished alongside the reformed Marcos Rojo.
After being tipped by Sir Alex Ferguson to rise to the very top at Man United, it seemed like he’d never meet those claims, but following injuries to Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling, he has received the perfect opportunity to showcase his talent.
Hopefully Jones is able to keep himself fit as he’s already proven that there is plenty more for him to offer.