Previous
Chelsea
Bayern Munich
2
3
FT
Game Details
Tottenham Hotspur
AS Roma
ESPN3 12:05 AM UTC Jul 26, 2017
Game Details
Toluca
Atletico Madrid
1:00 AM UTC Jul 26, 2017
Game Details
Russia
Germany
ESPN3 6:45 PM UTC
Game Details
Sweden
Italy
ESPN3 6:45 PM UTC
Game Details
United States
Jamaica
1:30 AM UTC Jul 27, 2017
Game Details
Barcelona
Manchester United
ESPN3 11:30 PM UTC Jul 26, 2017
Game Details
Manchester City
Real Madrid
ESPN3 3:35 AM UTC Jul 27, 2017
Game Details
Next

Trending: City still want to sign Sanchez

Latest
Read

French mayor honours gross CL bet

Toe Poke
Read

Neymar's UCL form among the best

Five Aside
Read

Chelsea hurt by early Bayern goals

The Match
Read

Yaya Toure reflects on Ivory Coast snub

Ivory Coast
Read

Paulinho emerges from Vinicius shadow

Brazil
Read

Fergie hails versatile Jones

Sir Alex Ferguson has described Phil Jones as "an animal for football" who is so versatile he could play as a striker.

The Manchester United manager said Jones reminded him Brian McClair, the forward who started out in attack but often featured in midfield during the second half of his career at Old Trafford.

Ferguson is sure that Jones' best position is in the centre of defence but has also used the 21-year-old England international at right-back.

And the former Blackburn player has been picked in midfield against Tottenham, Everton, Real Madrid and Chelsea over the last three months.

"Jones is going to be a fantastic player, his talent is unbelievable," Ferguson told Inside United. "You could play him anywhere. I think you could play him centre-forward! He's just that type of player, he's an animal for football. He grasps the game, he understands it. Play him right-back? Brilliant. Play him centre-midfield? No problem. Play him centre-back? Terrific.

"He's just one of those unusual players you get now and again who can play anywhere. We've not had a player like him in terms of someone who can play at that performance level since, well the closest you would get would be Brian McClair."

McClair, now the director of United's academy, joined from Celtic in 1987 and spent 11 years at Old Trafford, starting off as Mark Hughes' partner up front but then dropping back.

Ferguson added: "Now, Brian McClair was a fantastic player. He could play anywhere, McClair. I remember kidding him on once; I said to him, just go and play in the right-back area and he laughed.

"I said to him, 'What are you laughing at?' and he said, 'Next week I'll be centre-half.' But that was his character, so composed about life. Nothing bothered him."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.