Manchester United: 4 Reasons Why Phil Jones Is a Defender, Not a Midfielder

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Manchester United: 4 Reasons Why Phil Jones Is a Defender, Not a Midfielder
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19-year-old Phil Jones has been deployed in defense and midfield, but where does his destiny ultimately lie?

No one could have foreseen the impact Phil Jones has had on Manchester United this season. His summer signing was seen by fans and pundits alike as "one for the future."

That's not to say the young Englishman has been faultless. He's had his share of mid-match lapses, of course, understandable for a 19-year-old making his first steps at any new club, but he's shown a responsible, level-headed maturity and fearless determination that belies his years on the pitch.

With United's midfield lacking some combative grit, and Jones' past experience playing as a defensive midfielder for Blackburn, some are calling for him to be played higher up the pitch alongside the likes of Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick and Anderson.

Such an idea isn't purely fanbase conjecture, either. Both Sir Alex Ferguson and Fabio Capello have played Jones as a midfield terrier for club and country, respectively.

Seeing the young utility man panicking about the middle of the pitch just doesn't seem right, though. Looking at his strengths and the weaknesses he can easily overcome, it's clear Phil Jones' destiny lies at the heart of defense, not midfield.

Here are four reasons why Manchester United's latest No. 4 will ultimately become a defender, not a midfielder!

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