“It’s difficult when a player’s out for so long, for whatever reason,” said Phil Jones in an interview for TeamViewer Diaries.
“All I would say is that any time I represent this club and put the shirt on, I give absolutely everything.
“I put my blood, sweat, and tears into everything I do for this club.
“I appreciate all the support they [the fans] give me. I’m forever grateful for that. It’s a wonderful, wonderful club to be at and I am grateful.”
The Manchester United defender continued: “You know, I spent so long out, off the pitch and out of the squad.
“It’s been horrible at times but it’s nice to be back out with the lads.
“I feel like a footballer again and [to] feel the ball at your feet and the rain and the grass, it’s just a great feeling.”
Jones made his first competitive start in two years in the 1-0 loss to Wolves earlier this week.
Although the result was disappointing, fans were quick to heap praises on Jones, who was arguably the best player on the field.
With Harry Maguire still doubtful to face Aston Villa in the FA Cup, the 29-year-old may get another opportunity to start.