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Manchester United defender Phil Jones. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Manchester United defender Phil Jones. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Manchester United defender Phil Jones. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

PHIL JONES is determined to make sure Manchester United's absence from the Champions League is just one season long.

United crashed out of Europe's premier club competition last night when they were beaten 3-1 by holders Bayern Munich, with the quarter-final tie lost 4-2 on aggregate.

As David Moyes' men sit seven points adrift of fourth place in the Premier League with five matches left, it would take a minor miracle for the team to qualify for the Champions League again next season.

That means United will miss out on playing in the tournament for the first time in 19 years.

And that does not impress Jones, who wants more nights like the dramatic one that unfolded at the Allianz Arena when United sniffed victory after going ahead in the second half.

"It's hugely important we get back in it as soon as possible," the United defender said.

"Manchester United need to be in the Champions League. Nights like these do not come around too often. They are the ones you look back on and think – 'what a time that was'.

"You want to play against the best and you want to test yourself against the best.

"Hopefully it will just be one year (out of the Champions League)," the England international said.

"We believe it will be. We are confident we be up there next season."

Jones admitted the defeat was hard to take. "I am gutted," said the centre-back. "This wasn't the way we wanted it to end."


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