McCarthy hails United ace Jones

Wolves boss McCarthy saw the qualities of former legend McGrath at

first hand when a player with the Republic of Ireland and, like

Jones, he could operate effectively in midfield and defence. He was

unsurprised when Sir Alex Ferguson brought him to Old Trafford from

Blackburn during the summer and is tipping him to have a memorable

career. Former centre-back McCarthy, whose side visit Old Trafford

on Saturday, said: “I thought United would sign Phil Jones in the

summer. “I remember talking to Sir Alex about players and I said he

was one of the top players, and I sensed he already knew that, but

I was offering my opinion. “It was no surprise at all that they

signed him. I think he’s one of the best around, whether he plays

at centre-half, full-back or wherever.” McCarthy added: “This is a

kid of 19 or 20, and the only other bloke who played like that was

Paul McGrath. “He played for Ireland in midfield – and thank God he

did because I wouldn’t have played otherwise (at centre-back). “I

kept saying to (manager) Jack Charlton ‘McGrath’s a great

midfielder!’ “Paul got into the best World XI in 1990 as a

centre-back playing midfield. That’s remarkable. “But I also think

Phil Jones has got everything – he’s just a fabulous player. He’s

got a great attitude too.” When asked what are Jones’ qualities,

McCarthy added: “He played here against us for Blackburn and he was

just dominant. “He breaks out from the back with the ball and he’s

quick, he’s good in the air, he seems to have two good feet. He’s

just got everything as a footballer. “I would say he is nailed on

for England’s Euro 2012 squad. “I really think he’ll be one of the

best players in Europe for a long time because he’s fantastic.”