Phil Jones has been ranked as the top central defender in all of Europe, according to CIES Football Observatory.
Jones attributes his improvement as a defender to Louis Van Gaal’s emphasis on discipline.
“Every player is well aware of the philosophy of the manager and the way he wants his teams to play. I think that’s why we’ve been hitting such good form lately. Every player now understands their role in the team. It’s more stable.”
Many have been surprised by the rankings. Jones has had issues with injuries for much of his young career and has not been a key component to this year’s team due to all of his injuries.
However, the kid has promise. He is an exceptionally talented defender with good size. He could turn out to be a staple at Old Trafford for years to come under Van Gaal.