Manchester United defender Phil Jones has refused to criticise the fixture list for his side’s draw with Tottenham Hotspur yesterday, instead believing that the team needed to convert more of the chances that they created in the game.
Louis van Gaal has been hugely critical of the winter fixture list after the draw with the north London side, believing that it is unacceptable to have to play that much football over a short period of time.
Much like every other Premier League side, Man Utd have played two fixtures over the last three days, but only managed a 0-0 draw in Sunday’s away game.
Despite Van Gaal’s claims, however, Jones is of the opinion that no one else in the side would look to tiredness as a reason behind the result away from home.
Instead, he has looked to the fact that the team created chance after chance but were simply unable to put them away.
“Fatigue is always going to kick in but it’s the same for every team,” the defender said.
“We created numerous chances in the first half but it wasn’t our day in front of goal.”
Manchester United defender Phil Jones is set to hand the Old Trafford club a huge boost ahead of their clash against Everton this weekend, with the England international surprisingly set to be available, as reported by the Daily Star.
The former Blackburn Rovers star has been injured since suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty with England.
He was forced to withdraw early from the national team’s clash with Switzerland, their opening tie of the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
With defensive issues mounting, Dutch boss Louis van Gaal was forced to turn to Northern Irishman Paddy McNair against West Ham.
That was McNair’s first ever professional game at any level, and laid bare the extent to which Man Utd have been struggling in their defensive ranks.
Jones’s return would therefore provide a significant boost to Van Gaal, with the 22 year old having been one of the more impressive aspects of Man Utd’s defence thus far this season.
The Old Trafford club have struggled to keep goals out this season, with Leicester City putting five past them prior to their game against West Ham.
Manchester United defender Phil Jones has praised Louis van Gaal’s introduction of the 3-5-2 system, despite having seen it result in no victories since the start of the new season, as reported by the Daily Star.
Jones has featured in every Premier League tie for the Old Trafford club thus far this season, but missed out on the 4-0 embarrassment against MK Dons in the second round of the League Cup. That tie saw an inexperienced line up fall to a humbling defeat.
An opening day surrounded by optimism after a strong pre season was ruined immediately as Swansea City travelled to Old Trafford and emerged with a 2-1 victory.
Since then, Man Utd have failed to win a single game, and there have been considerable doubts over Van Gaal’s system and the suitability of the players he possesses for it to succeed.
A big summer spend has taken place in an attempt to rectify this, but Jones also feels the system can work.
He said: “I personally enjoy the system.
“When everyone is working well together and knows what they should be doing on the pitch then it certainly works and is very difficult for teams to play against.
“I think the more we train and play, the more people understand their role on the pitch.”