Talking treble: Manchester United defensive rock Phil Jones level-headed at prospect of emulating 1999 landmark

By Alex Bysouth

A treble-winning season is the hot topic in the Manchester United dressing room at the minute, but defender Phil Jones insists he is not getting carried away.

Comparisons between this campaign and United’s success in 1999 are understandable as the Old Trafford side remain in the hunt for the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.

But the 20-year-old has his eyes firmly set on tackling a congested fixture list as the Red Devils approach a run of eight games in little over a month.

“The treble is too far in the distance,” Jones told PA Sport. “We have to concentrate on the games coming up.

“We have a tough game on Wednesday against Southampton and that won’t be easy, we have to focus on what is in front of us now, we have lots of games coming up.

“There are a lot of tricky games and it is a tough period but we know if we have everyone fit then with the big squad we have we will be fine. “

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side host Southampton on Wednesday night and as the visitors continue to get to know their new boss, Jones believes morale at United is sky high.

“They are a good team irrespective of whether they have got a new manager or not,” he explained. “They have got some good players in the squad, we will have to be wary of that.

“But we have a good team here and a solid foundation, you can see that on the pitch with all the lads and in training, it is a laugh but we are focused and are really gelling.”

The former Blackburn Rovers utility man was plagued with injuries before Christmas, but now back to full fitness is keen to play, in whatever position this might be.

“I didn’t have a great start to the season but hopefully I can push my way into the side now and get some games under my belt,” added Jones.

“I have said all along that [centre-back] is where I feel most comfortable, I understand and read the game better there, but wherever I am asked to play I will play there.

“Yes, I kind of shoot myself in the foot a bit. But I am at Manchester United and I love playing for this club and I am happy to play anywhere.”

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