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24/07/2013 17:15, Report by James Tuck in Osaka

Jones' full pre-season

Phil Jones admits he is feeling fitter and sharper after a heavy involvement in Manchester United’s pre-season so far.

The defender missed the first three months of last season through injury but hopes to hit the ground running for David Moyes’ side this term.

Jones has played in the first three of the Reds’ games on Tour 2013 presented by Aon, including 90 minutes in the last two.

He told PA Sport: "I said I needed a good pre-season and I feel I am getting one. I am getting sharper each game. Hopefully, by the time the season comes round I will be bang on.

"Pre-season is massive building up to the new season. We have a new manager, there is a good vibe and I am enjoying it.

"The training has been as sharp as nails. There is a willingness to impress the new manager and that is the case with all the players, not just me. It has been competitive. It is an exciting few months ahead and I am looking forward to it."

Jones’ long-term role in the United team is still the subject of much interest and he was asked whether he was happy to be cast as a utility man.

"As long as I am in the team it doesn't matter whether I am in goal," Jones insisted. "Of course, towards the middle and end of my career I will want to start cementing a place in a certain position but at the moment I am happy.

"I have said from day one I see myself as a centre-back. But if I am asked to play in midfield or at right-back I am happy to do so."

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