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Former skipper says new boy has potential to lead United

Last Updated: 02/07/11 5:35pm

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Jones: Now a Manchester United player

Jones: Now a Manchester United player

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Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has backed new signing Phil Jones to one day wear the club's armband.

Neville, born in Bury, is a lifelong United fan and retired mid-season earlier this year after making 602 appearances for the Old Trafford club.

Jones, 19, agreed a five-year contract after Blackburn agreed an undisclosed transfer fee last month, and Neville is predicting a bright future.

"I think this lad's going to be a star, I really do," the former England full-back told Singapore's The New Paper.

"I think he's going to be somebody who could potentially be a captain of Manchester United in the future.

"He looks really solid and he's somebody who can be a huge player for the club for the next 10 years.

"There's a lot of potential there and the performances he's put in over the last two years have been outstanding, particularly against us.

"For a 19-year-old that's excellent. He's a great signing for us."

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