Manchester United star Jones: We need to beat Sunderland

Phil Jones is gunning for Sunderland on Saturday

Phil Jones is gunning for Sunderland on Saturday

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MANCHESTER United defender Phil Jones insists it is crucial to bounce back from last week’s defeat when Sunderland visit Old Trafford on Saturday.

United are fourth in the table, but last week’s 2-1 loss to at four points separate the sides from third to seventh, with two Champions League places looking up for grabs for those five teams.

This will be another difficult match for us and one we need to win

“It’s an important game for us,” said former Blackburn centre-back Jones of the Sunderland game.

“It won’t be easy, Sunderland are a tough team, but we’ve done well at home recently and we need to bounce back from the defeat at the weekend.

“It’s never nice to lose a game. We thought we played reasonably well, especially in the second half, but this will be another difficult match for us and one we need to win.”

Club-mate Luke Shaw believes the Old Trafford factor can help Manchester United regain winning ways.

Their home form under Louis van Gaal has been key to this season’s progress.

United have won 10 of their 13 league games at Old Trafford this term, with only leaders Chelsea having a better home record.

“We always get that extra push at home from the fans and they’ve also been amazing away from home as well,” said left-back Shaw, who was not on board last season when United managed just nine home wins in 19 league matches, losing to Gus Poyet’s Sunderland in the process.

“At home it’s always different – when teams come to Old Trafford they can feel that atmosphere and it can be a scary place for other teams.

“It’s a big pitch and United have always been strong at home and won a lot of games here so that’s a very important factor as well.

“I always look forward to playing every game, but we’re especially looking to make sure we win this one.

“We’ve been working hard this week and it’s massively important that we get the victory on Saturday.”