The Red Devils are preparing for a new title, they hope. A £17 million defender has now joined the team and met his new team-mates after an extended break. He comes with a hunger after results and he hopes to make an impression with Manchester United.
In any case, Ferguson spoke about Jones harboured reservations when he initially discussed a big money move from Blackburn Rovers, based upon the number of appearances he might make.
“The area we had to work hardest with Phil was to convince him he would get enough football.The first thing you can say is last season Nani played the most games for us, with 48. He was still 11 short of the maximum.
“No-one at United is going to play the maximum number of games. Rio Ferdinand only played 29 and Nemanja Vidic missed some as well. The other thing I explained to him was that we are always trying to look ahead towards the team of the future rather than the team of the present,” said Ferguson.
Reinforcements are here! Let the games begin!