Sam Allardyce: Phil Jones growth stunted at Manchester United
15th December 2018 10:32 GMT
Former Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has claimed that Manchester United Phi Jones growth as a player has stunted following his move to the Reds.
Allardyce, who handed the now 26-year-old his senior bow as a teenager at Blackburn, told talkSPORT of the stunted progress following the howler of an own goal in the champions league against Valencia.
“He made his debut with me against Chelsea, he came on and won man-of-the-match marking Didier Drogba. We drew 1-1.
“He certainly looked the business at 18 years old.
“Certainly injuries have hampered him a huge amount, but he should have gone a lot further.
“He’s playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world, it was obviously a massive move for him.
“He could have had the choice between Man City, Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal, you name it, all those clubs were in for him but he chose Man United and I thought it was a great choice under Sir Alex.
“Sir Alex said to me in his [Jones’] early days at United, ‘wow, Sam, I’ve got a great player here’.
“But it hasn’t quite worked out for him.
“I think sometimes he hasn’t quite learned from his experiences, he’s still got that edginess, that diving in type of attitude when he should leave it alone.
“I’m slightly disappointed he hasn’t been as big as I expected him to be
“I expected him to be in the England side on a regular basis, to lead England into European Championships and World Cups on the form he showed at Blackburn when I had him.”