Phil Jones hopes Man City suffer same fate as Man United at Newcastle
Phil Jones hopes Newcastle can repeat their impressive display against Man United when Man City visit St James' Park on Sunday
Phil Jones is hoping Newcastle United can complete a rare Manchester double this season and beat Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday.
Goals from Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye handed Newcastle a 2-0 lead before Jones’ own-goal wrapped the Magpies’ first win over the Red Devils in 20 attempts in January.
And the 20-year-old defender hopes Newcastle can produce a similar performance when they face title-chasing City at St James’ Park on Sunday.
“They were terrific that night,” Jones told United’s website.
“We didn’t get going. They pressed us really well. They are passionate fans in the North East. Let’s hope they can spur them on again.
“Newcastle are a terrific team with some fantastic individuals,” Jones said. “Papiss Cisse’s two goals the other night at Chelsea were terrific.
“Let’s hope they can do us a favour on Sunday.”
The defending champions trail first-placed City on goal difference and Sir Alex Ferguson’s side welcome Swansea City to Old Trafford in Sunday’s late kick-off.
Jones described Brendan Rodgers’ side as the “surprise package” of the Premier League this season, and he insisted United will not underestimate Swansea.
“They have played some terrific football this season and have some great individuals,” he added.
“We are aware of the threat they pose. Hopefully we can snuff that out, play our game and get the three points. They do tend to have the majority of possession against teams but hopefully we can put that right.
“It’s important in any game that we keep the ball and play at our tempo, the way we like to play. I am sure we’ll be able to do that.”
“We have to go for it, although we can’t go gung-ho straight from the start.
“We have to approach it in the right manner. We have to make a platform to build on. If we keep a clean sheet, which we are capable of, then we will score goals.”