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18/01/2013 19:00, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Jones relishing big games

Phil Jones says playing one big game after another is a key part of life at Manchester United.

The England international is relishing being back in the fold again after a frustrating spell out injured during the first half of the campaign.

Jones earned praise from Sir Alex for his defensive display in the FA Cup replay win against West Ham in midweek, and is now hoping to be involved in as many matches as possible in the coming weeks as the Reds battle on three fronts.

“The reason you come to Manchester United is to play in big games every week in different competitions,” Jones told ManUtd.com. “As well as league games and FA Cup matches we’ve got two massive games coming up against Real Madrid and they’re all matches that, if I’m involved, I’ll relish.

“Personally, it was good to get another full game in [against West Ham] and good to be playing at centre-back which is a position I always enjoy playing.

“I was just pleased to get a run-out. It’s been so frustrating to be out injured – I’m a nightmare patient! But I feel fit and strong and hopefully I can get a good run in the side between now and the end of the season.

“It’s great to come back into a team that’s doing so well and playing so well," he added. "It’s a nice feeling to be top of the league and hopefully we can keep things going this weekend.”

Next up for the Reds is Sunday's visit to White Hart Lane against highflying Tottenham. It promises to be another tough test for Sir Alex’s men, but Jones says it’s vital the players stay focused on their own game rather than worrying about the opposition.

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