Phil Jones acknowledges Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are the perfect mentors when it comes to being a top class centre-back at Manchester United.
The 21-year-old has been tipped for a bright future at Old Trafford, having impressed in two seasons since joining from Blackburn Rovers in 2011. And although opportunities to play in his favoured position are currently limited, Jones is happy to bide his time and learn from the best.
"I am always learning from Rio and Vida," Phil told MUTV. "When I watch the games and when we watch the games back, you pick things up - the good habits that they have. They are always talking to you in training and giving you advice. You are always learning, definitely."
Notably, Jones started this month’s FA Community Shield triumph at centre-back, suggesting his future might indeed lie there under David Moyes. However, an early injury to Rafael prompted a reshuffle, pushing him out to right-back with Chris Smalling moving into the middle.
When asked if the switch was a little frustrating, Jones couldn’t help but agree – though he was keen to point out that his personal ambitions are always outweighed by the greater good of the team.
"It was nice to start the game at centre-back and just when I thought I was going to have a really good game at centre-back with everything in position,