Phil Jones celebrates with Robin van Persie at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester - He was likened to John Terry by his manager last week, and Phil Jones is determined to live up to the billing and nail down a regular place at the heart of Manchester United’s defence.

Comparisons to the Chelsea defensive linchpin hinted at where Sir Alex Ferguson sees Jones’s long-term future, and he is keen to prove the United boss right after partnering Chris Smalling at centre back in Saturday’s FA Cup win over Fulham.

‘I have maintained all along that centre half is where I feel most comfortable,’ he said. ‘I read the game better there. It was not a problem playing alongside Chris.

‘We have been centre backs together for England Under 21s, and we know and understand each other’s games.’