Defender Sir Alex Ferguson tipped to be the best in the world is now set to shine for Manchester United

The legendary Sir Alex Ferguson had tipped Phil Jones to be among the best ever defenders in the history of Manchester United, but the 29-year-old has had a career plagued by injuries.

Even former boss Jose Mourinho saw the talent of Phil Jones and was at a time a key player under the Portuguese, but he never had the legs to play consistently.

Knee injuries prevented Jones from making a single appearance last season, but the Englishman is looking his best ahead of the new season.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken well of the shape and fitness of Phil Jones, and a fresh report by the Athletic say that Jones has been in good shape since the end of the last campaign, but Solskjaer didn’t want to rush him back.

Jones’ training data is said to be ‘very good’ and the centre-back has taken inspiration from the way in which Luke Shaw has bounced back from injury problems and rejuvenated his own career to become one of United’s most important players.

Shaw who suffered a leg break in 2015 and continuous injury problems every other season was a standout player for club and country over the past year.

Phil Jones last featured for Manchester United in January 2020 in a 6-0 win against Tranmere in the FA Cup.