Phil Jones reflects on ‘whirlwind’ first season at Manchester United
Phil Jones admits joining Manchester United has been a "massive learning curve" for the England defender this season
Phil Jones described his first season at Manchester United as “a whirlwind” after the Red Devils missed out on their 20th league title on the final day of the season.
The 20-year-old completed a £16.5m move from Blackburn Rovers to Old Trafford last summer, and the England international made 41 appearances in his first season at Old Trafford following Nemanja Vidić’s season-ending knee injury.
“It’s been a whirlwind season for me,” Jones told United’s website.
“We’ve been unfortunate with injuries this season which has probably enabled me to play more games than I expected.
“I’ve really enjoyed it and I feel like I’ve really progressed and come on as a player.
“It’s a massive learning curve for me. Being at United in my first season has really given me an insight into the passion and drive the club has.”
Jones admits he thought United had completed a remarkable comeback in the Premier League title race after their 1-0 victory at the Stadium of Light, before Sergio Aguero’s dramatic winner sealed Manchester City’s 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers.
“It was mixed feelings at the final whistle,” Jones added.
“I thought we’d pulled off the impossible at first, we thought QPR had done us a massive favour with a difficult task of going to the Etihad. But then City scored two goals in quick succession and that killed us.
“I’ll take that on board with what I’ve learned this season. It’s been a massive learning curve for me and I’ve played a lot of games this season and I’ve really enjoyed playing.”
“Of course, that’s football. Things like that can happen and we’ve perhaps been a bit unfortunate this season but so be it.
“City have won it this year but hopefully we’ll be back next season, fighting and ready to go again.”