Manchester United defender Phil Jones admits he can not escape the title race hype

The Red Devils youngster is learning what it is like to be at the top, and believes the champions' experienced players will prove "invaluable" as they look to secure a 20th title
Manchester United defender Phil Jones has admitted it is hard to think about anything other than the Premier League title race.

The Red Devils are five points clear at top of the table going into the Easter weekend fixtures, when they face struggling QPR, and look on course to pick up their 20th league title.

The 20-year-old Jones, who moved to Old Trafford from Blackburn last summer, is learning what it means to be in the thick of a title push.

"You can't get away from the title race," he told reporters.

"The hype is massive. You get to realise what it means to win and pick up that trophy every year. People are talking about it everywhere, which makes it hard to take your mind off it.

"It is great to be part of that though. It is an exciting time."

As one of the younger players in Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad, Jones admits it is the experience of United’s veterans that will see them triumph.
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"The general knowledge of the experienced players, from just being there, knowing how to cope, what things to do on and off the field and how to prepare for games is invaluable," he added.

"You cannot buy that kind of experience."

Jones has shown his versatility, taking up a place in central midfield for their win at Blackburn on Monday, something he has done more than once this season, and he is desperate to win the league in his first season at Old Trafford.

"It would be a massive achievement for me, my family and my friends," he added.

"I would never have dreamed of being able to lift the Premier League trophy.

"But we are a long way off that yet."