Phil Jones has refused to buy into the hype of the Manchester derby tomorrow, with the defender insisting that he will treat tomorrow’s match up like any other game.
Jones signed to United in the summer, and has yet to feature in one of the biggest rivalries in English football
And the 19-year-old, who will get his first taste of the historical rivalry between the two sides tomorrow, says he already knows that his past experience won’t compare to the atmosphere at Old Trafford.
“I’ve played in the Blackburn/Burnley derby and that was pretty intense, but I would imagine Sunday’s Manchester one will top that one,” Jones told the official Manchester United website.
"All the papers are hyping it up. That’s natural – it’s a derby. It’s massive to both clubs and it means a lot to the fans and we hope we can get one over on them and make our fans happy. At the same time though we’re just treating it as another game.”
Jones insisted that the United squad will be working hard on all areas of the pitch tomorrow, with no stone being left unturned in their pursuit to be title leaders once more.
"I think all areas of the pitch are going to be key on Sunday and we need to concentrate and focus on every part,” he explained. “I’ll be delighted if I’m involved and I’d be happy to play wherever the manager wants me to.
"I’m delighted with how things have gone for me since I joined. I’ve always believed in my ability.
“If I didn’t I wouldn’t be here now. I don’t think I’ve surprised myself in terms of how well things have gone, but I’m surprised at how quickly I’ve managed to play a certain amount of games.
"Whether I play or not on Sunday the most important thing is we win. City have had a lot of money to spend and have bought some quality players in, but if we concentrate on what we’re good at I’m sure we’ll get the three points.”