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22/01/2013 09:00, Report by Gemma Thompson

Jones: We're focused

Phil Jones insists Manchester United will not get carried away by the advantage over Manchester City at the Barclays Premier League summit, insisting it's vital the players stay fully focused.

Jones was one of the Reds' star performers in Sunday's trip to Tottenham which ultimately ended in disappointment after a last-gasp Clint Dempsey leveller. The 1-1 draw still keeps United five points ahead of City, but Jones says there is no room for complacency.

"Confidence is high but we know we still have to produce and do our job every time we step out there," he told ManUtd.com. "As long as we're focused on what we've got to do and on our game-plan hopefully we'll be okay.

"This period is always tough with a lot of games in a short space of time, but now we're getting towards the nitty gritty part of the season. It's the time when you need to be fully aware of what you've got to do and make sure you do it. We all relish the challenge - everyone is very focused and committed and we're ready for the next game."

United’s next challenge comes in the FA Cup on Saturday with Fulham, and most notably former Reds striker Dimitar Berbatov, in town for the Old Trafford tie. "The FA Cup is a great competition and one we want to win," declared Jones. "It's a competition I've always admired and we want to go as far as we can. It'll be great to see Berba again. Technically he's a fantastic player. Hopefully we can get the result we want and continue to progress in the competition."

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