EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

"I only played at Old Trafford once before joining United. I was looking forward to it, making sure I was fit for the match. Fantastic stadium, the atmosphere was great... we were hammered, 7-1."

- Phil Jones

17/08/2011 09:34, Report by A Bostock, N Coppack
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Jones' OT nightmare

New United defender Phil Jones could start Monday's first home game against Spurs following injuries to Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Rafael, and his impressive display as a substitute at West Brom.

No doubt the 19 year-old will be hoping for a better experience than his maiden Old Trafford appearance with former club Blackburn Rovers, as Jones recalled in this recent interview with ManUtd.com's Nick Coppack...

How did you feel when you signed for United?
It’s one of those things that sends shivers down your spine. Putting pen to paper at Manchester United is a massive thing for me and my family. I’m here now and I’ve got to prove I’m good enough.

What was it like meeting Sir Alex for the first time?
It can be a daunting experience... It was brilliant. We talked for hours, but not necessarily about me or the club, about things in general. It settled a few nerves.

You were part of pre-season in the USA with United this year – what was different about that experience for you?
The fan base. United are probably the biggest club in the world with a massive support, which is different. Also, going to America on tour and turning out against teams that you wouldn’t normally play was a great experience.

Is it only when you get to the club that you really realise how big United are?
Of course. I don’t think you can really picture what it’s going to be like. You can’t imagine it but once you’re actually here it is a bit of a whirlwind experience until you start settling down with the players. I feel comfortable with them now.

Do you already feel at home at a big club like this?
Yes. You can’t afford to sit back and watch

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