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"We've been together four or five weeks now and had some really good training sessions. Come the start of the season we'll be ready to go and firing."

– Phil Jones

29/07/2013 09:45, Report by J Tuck and N Coppack in Hong Kong

Jones: Coming together

Phil Jones is looking forward to the new season after being excited by what he has seen in training sessions under new manager David Moyes.

Following a week’s preparations at the Aon Training Complex, the Reds have been on tour for the last three weeks and Jones believes the squad is building up nicely to the return of competitive football, against Wigan in the Community Shield on 11 August.

"We've been together four or five weeks now and had some really good training sessions," he said. "He [Moyes] has implemented what he wants us to do in training and games and we can already see things coming off in games. Come the start of the season we'll be ready to go and firing. A lot of the lads are excited."

Jones has enjoyed being away with the squad and has been impressed by what he has seen of Hong Kong in the two short days United have been in town.

"It's great – all the lads are really enjoying it," he said. "We have a massive fan base here and now we want to put a big performance in tomorrow night. I've enjoyed the tour – we've been to various different countries and seen different sights."

Moyes has already played down concerns about the state of the Hong Kong Stadium pitch ahead of United’s game against Kitchee FC on Monday night, and Jones reiterated the point.

"There's no need to worry about the pitches," the defender added. "We play on different pitches every week and we're brought up playing on different pitches. No matter what's presented to us, we'll be ready and hopefully put on a display."

More: Moyes - We'll cope with pitch | Today in Hong Kong

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