Jones, who was just 21 at the time, admits that he may have underestimated just how much of an important figure Sir Alex was.
“It was a shock. I think it was a shock to everyone, he’d been at the club for so long and won so many things,” our no.4 added.
“The talk was obviously about who’s going to come in, who was going to take over? Names were being brandished about all over the place, but I didn’t realise how big of an impact it’d have or how big of an impact that was going to have on the team.
“I thought, ‘we’ve still got good players, we’re still Man United, we’re still going win’. I was just a young player. The next season was really tough. Really tough. I didn’t realise the impact it’d have.”
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