Phil Jones has sent a message to Manchester City claiming that the Premier League title race is still wide open and believes his side will fight all the way.
City’s advantage at the Premier League summit is a sizeable 12 points, though their first top-flight loss of the season to Liverpool on Sunday has at least given the chasing pack a modicum of hope.
United are at the head of that group of challengers having beaten Stoke 3-0 and Jones still remembers when they were in a position as comfortable as City’s current one only to eventually miss out on the crown by virtue of their goal difference.
In ex-Blackburn defender Jones’ first season at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were eight points ahead of City in April with six games to go only to see the title end up across town when Sergio Aguero scored late on against QPR.
Having gone through that experience, Jones knows nothing is yet set in stone as far as this year’s title race goes.
“Football’s football, never say never,” he said.
“I remember in my first season we were eight points clear, absolutely cruising, (everyone thought there was) no way we’d let the lead slip, and we lost it on the final day.
“Football’s football. People can say what they want but we’ll continue to be positive and push forward. You never know. It happened in 2012 to us so why not?”