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The England international could feature against former club Blackburn on Monday night and praised opposing manager Steve Kean for starting to turn their fortunes around

Manchester United's Phil Jones has confessed that he is desperate to win the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford

The 20-year-old left Ewood Park in a deal worth £16.5 million in the summer and, while he has fond memories of his first club, he wants to beat them to help United to the top of the table.

United won the league last season at Ewood Park and the youngster explained that watching the celebratory scenes unfold convinced him to leave for pastures new.

“That is exactly why I left,” Jones told reporters on Friday. “I had some fond memories from my time at Blackburn and there are some wonderful people at the club.

“But I wanted to win trophies and become part of a team with a massive background, which United have.

"That is exactly why I left - I wanted to win trophies and become part of a team with a massive background"

“To lift that trophy at the end of the season would be a wonderful achievement for me.”

The Red Devils have only won twice in their last 11 league matches at Ewood Park and Jones admits that he is not surprised that Rovers have such an impressive record against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.

He observed: “It is a really tough place to go to start with, and it is Manchester United.

“It is a local derby and the build-up is all about pressing and how you can stop them from playing. It will be no different this week.

“They will be getting their tactics sorted and we need to be right at the top of our game to overcome that."

Blackburn were among the favourites for relegation pre-season and were bottom of the league on Christmas Day, but Jones is pleased that Steve Kean’s men have partially pulled themselves back from the brink.

“They had a really tricky start to the season,” the England man added. “Steve Kean got a lot of stick and came under a lot of pressure.

“But you don't hear a lot about Blackburn or their manager these days. He has turned it around and deserves a lot of credit for that, he got the players working the way he wants them.

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“They have picked up a lot of victories lately and we need to be aware of that going into the game.”

Jones warned against underestimating his former team-mates and believes that, although United’s remaning fixtures are relatively free of top teams, the relegation-threatened sides can be just as tough a proposition.

“No game is easy in the Premier League,” the versatile defender insisted.

“The teams we have got coming up are scrapping for their lives.

“It is nice to be top but we can't keep looking at the table because we have a long way to go before we are anywhere near to picking up that trophy.”

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