Phil Jones may have been critical of Manchester United's performance against Blackburn on New Year's Eve but he is still loving life at the Barclays Premier League summit.

Having been given a reprieve by Manchester City's shock defeat at Sunderland, the Red Devils will remain in the thick of the title battle if they have better fortunes than their neighbours when they head to the north east to face Newcastle on Wednesday.

To enjoy such experiences is one of the major reasons why Jones left Blackburn last summer, and he conceded it is far better to be involved at the other end of the table, saying: "I am excited."

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