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Jones plans to learn from 'silly' tackle

Phil Jones is determined to learn from the reckless tackle that ruled him out of Manchester United's Champions League second-leg clash against Real Madrid.

Jones, 21, injured his ankle when he hurtled into a challenge with Reading's Jobi McAnuff in their FA Cup fifth-round tie, with Sir Alex Ferguson saying afterwards that the player "couldn't see danger".

Having impressed with the way he helped contain Cristiano Ronaldo in the Bernabeu, the England international then missed the return match, which Real won 2-1.

"I was gutted," Jones told Inside United. "I tried everything to make the game. I was on the treatment table, having massages, in the pool and in the gym. But it was just too soon for me and I missed it."

Jones is determined to combine his natural fondness for tackling with a little more caution to ensure he is less likely to get hurt.

He explained: "It was silly tackle. I probably should have looked after myself a bit more. I will learn from it as an experienced head would probably not have done that. But I will learn from that."

Jones has been limited to ten league starts in an injury-hit season and added: "It has been frustrating, certainly at the start of the season.

"It was tough as I had a back injury and then, in the first or second training session back, I injured my knee again. It was kind of one thing after the next and I felt like: 'Is this sort of thing going to end?'

"Thankfully, I got over that and played in quite a few games and cup games as well. The cup ties really gave me a chance to have more game-time and I think I've done reasonably well towards the back end of the season."

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