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Published: 08:14 | 13/4/16

Jones: We must beat West Ham

Injured defender admits "difficult season"

Phil Jones has admitted that this has been a "difficult season" for Manchester United and that they must beat West Ham in order to partially rescue it.

Louis Van Gaal's side travel to Upton Park to take on the Hammers in their FA Cup quarter-final replay with the winners set to face Everton in the last four.

With Watford and Crystal Palace participating in the other semi-final, this is a great opportunity for Utd to win some silverware from what has been another dreadful season.

Jones, who could return to the bench after his latest injury lay-off - the England international has only started seven games this campaign, 104 Premier League games in total in five years at Old Trafford - believes that they must seize this chance to pick up a trophy.

"We have to go to West Ham, play well and beat them," he said. "It has been a difficult season

"There is a big incentive to get our hands on some silverware.

"There is no-one more disappointed than the dressing room. We know we have to excite the fans, play attractive football and win games.

"I don't think we can look at anyone in the dressing room and say, 'you didn't give 100%'. Everyone gives their absolute maximum for this club, the fans and the manager. At times it has not worked but we are still positive.

"It has been difficult [constantly being injured] but there is no point dwelling on the past. You can't change what has been done - I am just looking ahead.

"I still think I need more fitness, but if the gaffer feels I'm ready for the West Ham game I am happy to be part of it."

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