fixtures. He was particularly impressive against Arsenal as he and Michael Carrick provided a solid bedrock, allowing the Reds' attacking contingent to carve out an important 1-0 win.
The Reds’ no.4 continued to make his mark on the United first team during this month. Jones started in six of United’s seven opening games in December, effortlessly shifting from midfield to defence throughout the month. His dominant performances led to some proclaiming that Jones could one day be a United captain. First-team coach Phil Neville said: “There will come a time when he has to start leading that back four, start being the Steve Bruce, the Jaap Stam, the Rio Ferdinand, and lead, bring people into position, because he is a leader in the way that he plays. People feed off his enthusiasm and he leads the team. That's his next development now: can he consistently play well, and then can he lead and become United's captain within the next five years? That's the challenge ahead." Sadly for Jones, the month ended on a sour note as a knee injury forced him to miss the final two fixtures of the year.
Jones made three appearances in January and claimed an assist against Chelsea, firing a