Gary Pallister was a staple in defence for United beside Steve Bruce during the early to mid 90s. His position in the team was rarely in doubt, but with Jones unable to nail down a position, he has had to make do with filling in at various positions.
Jones insists that he is a center back but has appeared for both club and country at center back, right back as well as in midfield. Jones faces the same problem as John O’Shea and Phil Neville before him who were also used in various capacities due to their versatility and Gary Pallister believes Jones’ versatility is working against him as he tries to find and master his true position, but feels it is something he has to deal with to play at Old Trafford.
Speaking to ManUtd.Com, Pallister said of the 21 year old:
“Phil Jones has played in midfield and right-back and you can feel sorry for Phil in that respect.
“It’s not very conducive to finding your best form if you’re getting put in all these positions. I certainly wouldn’t want to have played at right-back and midfield when I was playing centre-back as you find your rhythm playing week in and week out.
‘But maybe it’s something he’s got to contend with.”