Manchester United’s versatile youngster Phil Jones has called on his teammates to ratchet up the pressure on Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side trail their arch-rivals by five points, and were subject to a humiliating 6-1 mauling from Roberto Mancini’s side at Old Trafford.
City play Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, whereas United are set to face Newcastle at Old Trafford on the Saturday.
Jones feels it is a great opportunity for his side to put on the pressure by reducing the gap to two points.
He said: “City have done fantastically this season, I am not taking anything away from them. But they do have some tough games coming up.”
The difficult games the young England international is referring to are the fixture at Anfield, plus games against Chelsea and Arsenal before the turn of the year.
"I don't care how good you are, teams can be put under pressure. This is a difficult league to be in,” he warned.
Jones was also candid about United’s own title aspirations, saying he believes Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have the quality to come back into the race.
The Old Trafford outfit have a tradition of finishing the season strongly and Jones feels that it won’t be a disaster if they haven’t caught the Roberto Mancini’s side come the holiday period.
"It would be nice to reach top spot by Christmas. But it is not essential,” he said. "Don't be writing us off if we are not there by January."