Manchester United defender Phil Jones is fully fit to face Crystal Palace on Saturday evening. The 23-year-old was on the bench for United's defeat to West Bromwich Albion but did not feature, instead playing for the Under-21s against Southampton on Monday.
"I'm happy to play in the Under-21s and get some fitness," said Jones on Man United's official website. "The lads did well. I feel I'm ready to go again and hopefully I can make the squad on Saturday. Hopefully, I'll recover on Tuesday, then train on Wednesday and Thursday, and see how it goes. I'll take it from there."
The England international has missed the last three defeats through injury raising questions on the United defence without Jones. The centre back produced a solid performance for the Under-21s almost scoring himself and setting up the winner with a long ball to striker Ashley Fletcher.
"I probably should have scored myself but Fletch brought [my pass] down nicely and it was a great finish. It's good to see that talent coming through in the Under-21s. I think they have all done well but Donald Love did well at right-back, James Weir too and Fletch, up front, was terrific."
Champions League qualification
Manchester United are two wins away from securing Champions League football next season, at the expense of north-west rivals Liverpool. Defender Jones is fully focussed on the task at hand and believes a top four finish is within their grasp.
"We have got a long way to go as there are still three games coming up, three massive games, and we have got to approach it in the right way. I'm sure we can do that and cement that top-four finish."
The Red Devils final three fixtures are against Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Hull City, with the only home game against the Gunners. A final day trip to relegation threatened Hull could be a daunting task for United if they require all three points.
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