In Phil Jones first season at Man United he was brilliant. He was so good that Sir Bobby Charlton compared Jones to maybe United’s greatest ever player Duncan Edwards.
But his 2012-13 was a disappointment due to injuries and indifferent form, a situation that has left Jones with a challenge of holding down a regular first-team place.
Jones says that his best position is at center-half but when Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are both fit they are the first names on the team sheet. If one of them is unavailable Ferguson tended to prefer using Johnny Evans as the backup; we have still to see if David Moyes will do the same.
Against Swansea Jones played at right-back as Rafael is injured, but when the Brazilian gets fit you would expect him to regain his place in the team.
So where does Jones fit into the United team? One potential spot is as a defensive midfielder, alongside Michael Carrick. Fergie played Jones in that role against Real Madrid last season in the Champions league and he was brilliant.
Could we see more of that from Jones this season? He has the ability to sit in front of the back four, break up opposition attacks and feed play out to Carrick or the wings and help United break forward. He is also capable of making surging runs into the opponents final four.
In short, Jones has a lot of the skills that United have been searching for in the transfer market all summer. It will be interesting to see where David Moyes thinks Phil Jones best role is as this season progresses.