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Jones eager to impress at United

August 4, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Phil Jones is determined to impress manager Sir Alex Ferguson and become a regular starter for Manchester United.

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GettyImagesPhil Jones will be hoping to establish himself as quickly as Chris Smalling managed last season

• Fergie expected more

Jones, 19, joined United from Blackburn this summer, signing for a fee in the region of £16.5 million following a string of impressive performances at Ewood Park since making his debut in 2009.

While Jones is aware of the competition for places at Old Trafford, where Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have formed a fine partnership, he is eager to impress after conceding he is loving every minute of his rise to prominence.

"It has all happened so quickly," he told Inside United. "I am 19 and I did not expect so much to occur at such an early stage of my career. I am just riding the rollercoaster at the minute and enjoying everything. I did play every week at Blackburn and want to do the same at United.

"But I am a realistic person and I know that is not going to happen with the quality of player we have here. As I improve and show good performances in training, hopefully I will get an opportunity and will take it."