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Former skipper backs summer signing to take Old Trafford armband in the future and predicts a centre midfielder will be bought to replace Owen Hargreaves and Paul Scholes

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has backed Phil Jones to lead the club at some point in the future.

Jones' £16 million transfer from Blackburn Rovers to Old Trafford will be finalised on July 1 and Neville predicts that the centre-back, who can also play in midfield, will skipper the side later in his career.

“I think this lad’s going to be a star, I really do,” Neville told The New Paper in Singapore.

“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.”

Neville also believes that there will be at least one more arrival at Old Trafford this summer.

He continued: “I think the manager will sign a central midfielder because of Owen Hargreaves leaving and Paul Scholes retiring.”

Wesley Sneijder has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford. United are also one of many clubs reportedly interested in young Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara, but the Spaniard only recently signed a new long-term deal with the European champions.

Neville made 602 appearances for United before retiring last season.

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