Manchester United defender Phil Jones says the club will continue to fight for the title despite slipping up on New Years Eve at the hands of Blackburn Rovers.
Defeat to their Lancashire rivals ruined their 100% December record, and leaves them with a daunting trip to Newcastle United as they attempt to resurrect their title hopes.
The game will be United's third in the space of nine days, but Jones says it's not the time for complaining about the tough schedule.
"These periods are all getting bigger," he said. "No-one is complaining.
Everyone has a little bit of a moan about how many games there are around Christmas but the beauty of it is that everyone is in the same position.
"We just have to get on with it. It's about how we manage and cope with injuries. We've been a bit unfortunate but are still up there fighting with the best.
"I am excited and I'm loving it. It was a nice feeling to get out of trouble with Blackburn on the last day of the season but it's an even nicer feeling knowing you are at the top of the table with a fantastic chance of winning the English title."
Sir Alex Ferguson has called for a reaction following the shock defeat at the hands of Rovers, and Jones says it's times such as these that you learn who your best players are.
"When the chips are down, you see who the real fighters are," Jones added. "When we kick off every week, we have 11 people fighting on that pitch to win a match. That is the beauty of Manchester United."
On Newcastle, Jones said: "It can be a daunting place to go. "It's a great atmosphere.
"They have passionate fans and it will be another difficult game."
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