and was convinced that he was a United player in the making.
The manager had to beat off competition from other top clubs to land his man ahead of the 2011/12 campaign, with both Liverpool and Arsenal reportedly keen on one of England's brightest talents, but the youngster was determined to join the champions.
With United's defence beset by sweeping injury misfortune at different stages of 11/12, Jones was able to put in a number of accomplished displays at centre-half and right-back, while occasionally lending his talents to a moonlighting role in central midfield.
The Reds' defensive injury curse claimed Jones at various points in his debut campaign, and also robbed him of almost half a season in 2012/13. The youngster didn't appear in the first team until midway through the campaign due to back and knee injuries, and subsequently suffered ankle damage after a typically whole-hearted challenge against Reading's Jobi McAnuff. He returned to the side, however, to help United win the Premier League title for his first silverware at Old Trafford.
Jones was a regular in the Reds' backline during 2013/14, making 39 appearances in all. He also scored his first goal in almost two years, against Norwich City in the League Cup – one of