Jones targets United trophy haul

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Manchester United starlet Phil Jones has set his sights on claiming more trophies during his time with the Red Devils.

The FA Community Shield win over Manchester City gave the England youth international his first winners medal as a senior professional, with first team opportunities coming the player's way quicker than expected due to injuries for Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

A summer signing from Blackburn Rovers, the 19-year-old has taken his chance with open arms, and is confident of managing the weight of expectation from fans whilst chasing bigger prizes than the season-opening showpiece.

"It was the first time I’d played at Wembley and some of the football we produced was unbelievable. When we play like that teams can’t live with us. It’s really given me a taste for winning trophies now," the centre back told the official Manchester United website.

"It was an unbelievable experience [to win the Communuity Shield]. I’ve not experienced anything like that before.

"You know the expectations here are big, but you feel that in every game you play for any team. You’ve got to go out and do the business on the pitch and it’s no different here. It’s just fantastic to be part of such an exciting squad - there’s such a great mix of young and experienced players."

Jones admits that the lure of Champions League football was one of the key factors in him making the move from Ewood Park in the transfer window, and the defender is confident the limited international experience gained with Stuart Pearce's Young Lions has left him prepared for the competition.

The teenager is also excited by the opportunities that have already come his way at Old Trafford, but isn't setting too many targets at the early stage of his career at the club.


"When I signed for the club playing in the Champions League was one of the things I was most excited about. Hopefully the experience I’ve had playing for England [at U21 level] against teams from different countries will stand me in good stead," he continued.

"I probably didn’t expect to be starting games this soon, but I’m 100 per cent confident in my own ability and I can’t wait for every game. I just want to play as many games as I can.

"As a footballer you always want to be out there playing in every competition. I know that’s not going to happen every week because there is such big competition for places all over the pitch. But that’s healthy for the squad and whenever I get my chance I know I need to take it."

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