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03/12/2012 15:00, Report by G Thompson
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Jones hails European form

Injury has forced Phil Jones to watch the majority of United's Champions League campaign from the sidelines this season, but the defender says he has been hugely impressed by what he's seen.

After exiting the competition at this stage last season, the Reds eased into the last 16 as Group H winners with two games to spare.

Jones says last season's disappointment has fuelled United's desire to succeed this time round and he hopes the players can carry their solid group form through to the latter stages.

"It’s not a nice feeling to get knocked out of the Champions League especially when you’re used to being in semi-finals and finals and winning it," Jones told us.

"For a club of Manchester United’s stature it’s not an easy thing to deal with – it was a bitter pill to swallow.

"We’ve bounced back this season incredibly well and the lads have played some terrific stuff in the Champions League games that I’ve seen and gone to this season. That is credit to ourselves and hopefully we can kick on and go a long way

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Reds progressing well

"We’ve bounced back this season incredibly well and the lads have played some terrific stuff in the Champions League games that I’ve seen and gone to this season. That is credit to ourselves and hopefully we can kick on and go a long way in the competition."

- Phil Jones

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