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Jones: City haven't won title yet

Phil Jones has warned Manchester City to take their foot of the gas at their peril, the Manchester United defender insisting there will be "a few more" twists and turns in the race for the title.

United relinquished top spot in the Premier League on Monday after losing to rivals City at the Etihad Stadium, and now trail their neighbours on goal difference.

However, with two games to go, Jones says nothing has been decided and believes there is more drama to unfold before the destination of the championship is known.

"There have obviously been a lot of questions raised and rightly so," he said. "We didn't play to our best on Monday, which was disappointing. But make no mistake about it, we are still there.

"We are on level points with them. Only goal difference separates us at the moment and we have seen already this season there have been so many twists and turns. Don't be surprised if you see a few more."

United were eight points clear with six games to go, but one victory in their last four games has seen them knocked off their perch. Despite recent disappointments, Jones says United have dusted themselves down and are ready to come again.

"The disappointment turned to positivity very quickly," the 20-year-old said. "Obviously on Tuesday the lads were gutted and massively disappointed. But we have moved on quickly, pushed it to one side and put it right in training. There are still a lot of bubbly characters about. There is no point dwelling on it. It has happened. It has gone. We move on from it and are looking forward to the game at the weekend."

While United host Swansea on Sunday, rivals City face a far more tricky assignment away to Newcastle the same day. And Jones is well aware of what lies ahead for City, after United could only secure a single point from their two meetings with the Magpies this season.

"Newcastle are a terrific team with some fantastic individuals," he said." [Papiss] Cisse's two goals the other night [against Chelsea] were incredible, so let's hope they can do us a favour.

"We have to concentrate on what we can do. We have to win the two games, take six points and see where that takes us. I am sure what is happening at Newcastle will be in the back of everyone's minds but there is no point sitting there watching their game. I don't think it will be on in the dressing room because we have to prepare properly."

While City face the prospect of a difficult encounter, according to Roberto Mancini United will stroll through their clash with Swansea at Old Trafford - not that Jones concurs.

"I don't know about it being easy," Jones added. "If he [Mancini] looks at the games, none of them are easy in the Premier League. We have seen that so often this season. There have been so many surprises and Swansea are one of them."


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