Just weeks after recording impressive pre-season wins over Real Madrid,??Liverpool, Roma, Inter Milan and Valencia, Louis van Gaal was brought down to??earth with a bump in August when his new United team were thrashed by MK Dons in the??Capital One Cup.
Despite coming up against seven internationals, the League One side trounced??the 20-time English champions 4-0 in one of the biggest upsets in the??competition’s history.
And Jones says memories of that trouncing have sharpened the focus of his team-mates ahead of the trip to Huish Park.
“The MK Dons game is a reminder to us that we can’t underestimate what is??coming up (on Sunday),” Jones said.
“We can’t let a repeat of that happen again. We’ve got to be professional??about it and go and do the job.
“I watched the MK Dons game on the TV that night and it was unfortunate and??disappointing. We’ve got to make sure there’s no repeat of that again.
“It won’t be an easy game down there. Some people might think we’ll go down??there and walk all over Yeovil but it won’t be like that at all. It will be a difficult game for us but we’ll prepare right and recover well.”
Jones believes the competition has gained added importance for a United side without Champions League commitments this season.
“We’re not in the Champions League so it’s definitely a competition we want to??progress in and win,” the England defender said.
“The FA Cup is a massive competition, especially for the British lads who grew up watching it.
“This year there is even more of an expectation for us to do well.”