Jones gets last United laugh

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Versatile Manchester United youngster Phil Jones was delighted to get his first goal for the club at Aston Villa - and end the jokes that have been coming his way.

The £16 million summer signing was yet to break his goalscoring duck for the club at the right end of the pitch, scoring an own goal against Benfica in the Champions League to innocuously open his account almost a fortnight ago.

However, his perfectly timed volley at Villa Park got him off the mark properly, and whilst the three points was the most important thing for the Red Devils, Jones was delighted to be the one to put the ball past Shay Given.

"I'm delighted to score but it wasn't about the goal. It was about three points and I thought the lads did exceptionally well," he told MUTV post-match.

"We knew it was going to be a hard-fought game as Villa are a tough team to beat at home but we played terrifically well.

"After last week, when I stuck one in the back of my own net, I was delighted to score and get off the mark. I signalled to Rene Meulensteen as he was giving me a bit of stick for not scoring. It's just a coincidence that I scored today so I gave him a point of the finger!"

Sir Alex Ferguson also admitted it was a relief to see the defender, who has been playing in a more advanced midfield role, get his name on the score-sheet for the right reasons.

The Scot shared a chuckle with Meulensteen and a wave to the player, and admitted the banter made Jones' celebration even sweeter for United.

"We'd kept winding him up and saying: 'We paid £16million for you and we can't even get a shot off you!'

"The staff have been giving him stick so he was very, very pleased," added Ferguson.

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