Manchester United defender Phil Jones believes he has had an ‘incredible’ season and would not have predicted it being such a personal success.
The former Blackburn Rovers trainee was brought to Old Trafford by manager Sir Alex Ferguson last summer, but admitted he did not expect to be so involved.
“If anyone had told me at the start of the season I would have made 40 appearances for Manchester United I would have snapped their hands off. It's incredible. I didn't expect it this season,” he said on the club’s official website.
Jones’ success has not just been confined to regular appearances for the Red Devils, the 20-year-old has also broken into the England team and it would be no surprise if he is part of the squad that travels to this summer’s European championships.
Only Patrice Evra and Wayne Rooney have more appearances for United this season, but Jones was sure he would have been playing more regularly had he not picked up a number of niggling injuries.
“Perhaps I picked up a few injuries at the wrong time in the back end of the season,” he added.
“I couldn't really get my match fitness back. I was in and out of the team. But now I feel good, fit and fresh. Hopefully I can finish the season strongly.”
Jones is expected to be in the United team this Sunday for the final day decider, where Ferguson’s side must win if they are to have an chance of retaining their Premier League title.
Local rivals Manchester City currently lead the league on goal difference and a win for Roberto Mancini’s team is likely to secure the championship, unless United can defeat Sunderland by an improbably large score at the Stadium of Light.