Jones rallies United troops

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has urged his team-mates to use their qualification for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals as a springboard for the rest of the season.

Last Updated: 22/03/14 at 16:43 Post Comment

Phil Jones: Manchester United defender wants a strong finish

Phil Jones: Manchester United defender wants a strong finish

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

United's 3-0 win over Olympiakos on Wednesday night saw them overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit and progress to the last eight, but they remain 12 points behind fourth-placed Manchester City in the Premier League.

Their chances of qualifying for next year's Champions League look bleak and next up for David Moyes' side is a tough away trip to West Ham on Saturday evening, live on Sky Sports 1HD.

It comes off the back of a miserable 3-0 loss at home to rivals Liverpool last weekend but Jones insists they will not give up the chase for a top-four spot.

"I think the Olympiakos game has got to be a springboard for us. We have to use this as an impetus to go and prove that we can win game after game," he said.

"We let ourselves down against Liverpool so it was good to get the win for us and the fans - it was a huge night.

"They have something to smile about now and hopefully we can kick on."

United's faltering season has led to increasing pressure on manager Moyes, who replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm last summer.

But England international Jones, 22, says the squad are fully behind the former Everton boss and backed the group to improve during the season run-in.

"We have all had criticism and we're in it together. We're a team, the manager and the staff, and we've got to band together and come through this difficult period," Jones said.

"We will come through it. We're happy to be in the next round and whoever we get we will welcome, but hopefully we can go and put in another performance and qualify for the semi-finals."

You can watch West Ham v Man United live on Sky Sports 1HD from 5pm on Saturday.

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Europa League: Everton boss Roberto Martinez delighted with 4-1 win over Wolfsburg

Roberto Martinez was delighted with Everton's display as they brushed aside Wolfsburg to win 4-1 in the Europa League.

Europa League: Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino hits out at Partizan banner

Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino was angered by the "unacceptable" anti-Semitic banner displayed by Partizan fans.

Europa League: Everton open Group H campaign with 4-1 win over Wolfsburg

Everton opened their Europa League Group H campaign with a convincing 4-1 win over Wolfsburg at Goodison Park.

Mail Box

Why Doesn't Rodgers Play Borini?

One Liverpool supporter thinks this could be Fabio Borini's year, whilst we also have thoughts on the Red Bulls, Welbeck vs Gervinho and Paul Lambert's new deal...

Could Arsenal Benefit From Top Four Exit?

That's one idea in the morning mailbox as the Arsene Wenger debate rumbles on. Plus, comparing Welbeck to Gervinho and some advice for Greg Dyke and the FA...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property