English Premiership

Jones backs three-man defence

2015-01-13 09:36
Phil Jones (AFP)
Cape Town - Manchester United defender Phil Jones has backed manager Louis van Gaal’s use of a back three, in spite of the team’s defensive frailties.

United have struggled to adapt to the system, which served Van Gaal so well with Holland at last year’s World Cup in Brazil, but the Dutch manager has persisted with the formation.

As a result, the Red Devils have picked up 37 points in 21 games - the exact same number of points achieved by David Moyes in the same timeframe.

According to Football411, Jones insists that United’s defence is more comfortable than it appears to be and has faith they will improve.

"I think we are comfortable playing in it. It's a learning curve. It doesn't just happen overnight. You don't just click your fingers and you are used to playing in a formation,” he told Sky Sports.

"It's like anything. But we are improving in training and we want to get better. We can have a back four or three. We are comfortable with both.

"Sometimes maybe we play a pass in the defence when we shouldn't but we are comfortable playing in both formations the manager has shown. We are still improving as a team."

United are currently clinging to fourth place on the Premier League table, just one point ahead of Arsenal after suffering their fourth loss of the season on Sunday (a 1-0 defeat to Southampton at Old Trafford).

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Sunday, 24 February 2019
Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion, Stamford Bridge 14:00
Arsenal v Southampton, Emirates Stadium 16:05
Manchester United v Liverpool, Old Trafford 16:05
Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Cardiff City v Everton, Cardiff City Stadium 21:45
Leicester City v Brighton & Hove Albion, King Power Stadium 21:45
Huddersfield Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers, The John Smith's Stadium 21:45
Newcastle United v Burnley, St. James' Park 22:00
Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth, Emirates Stadium 21:45
Southampton v Fulham, St. Mary's Stadium 21:45
Liverpool v Watford, Anfield 22:00
Manchester City v West Ham United, Etihad Stadium 22:00
Crystal Palace v Manchester United, Selhurst Park 22:00
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur, Stamford Bridge 22:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2018/19 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.