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The Manchester United striker has praised the England Under-21 defender on Twitter but was quick to point out that he has no knowledge of whether the deal has been completed

Wayne Rooney has welcomed the potential signing of Phil Jones to Manchester United, stating that the defender is one of the toughest opponents he has come across.

Jones is expected to complete his £16 million transfer after undergoing a medical at Manchester United’s Carrington training ground today.

“Phil jones is a good young English player. 1 of the toughest defenders I played against last season. Can play midfield to,” Rooney posted on his official Twitter page.

However, Rooney quickly distanced himself from any insinuation that a deal was done.

“I don't know if phil jones is signing for us just saying he is a good player that's all. I haven't got a clue if he is signing or not," added Rooney.

The 19-year-old centre-half, who has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Liverpool has opted for the champions and will compete for a place in the United starting eleven with Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans and fellow England Under-21 international Chris Smalling.

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