Phil Jones has claimed that Juan Mata's arrival has had a positive impact on the Manchester United players, lifting the dressing room morale and delivering a much-needed psychological boost to a team that had endured a catastrophic season up until last week, when the Spaniard was signed.
Mata's debut against Cardiff on Tuesday coincided with United getting back to winning ways in the Premier League and Jones described the Spaniard's signing as the sort of exciting news capable of lifting the players' morale and delivering fresh impetus for the remainder of the season.
David Moyes was courageous in his tactics today attempting to take the game to a Chelsea side that has never lost a Premier League game at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho. The tactics that led to an open game were not typically what we see from a Moyes side away from home, but with the Red Devils excellent recent record on their travels, they could have been fancied to get something today.
Manchester United defender Phil Jones has been showing that David Moyes could look a bit closer to home as he looks to add more creativity to his side. As the champions go in search of some guile during the January transfer window, Jones has been showing off his ball juggling skills.
Pelligrini, Ronaldo, Mancini... Names of the Champions League, week 6 is a post from: Just Football
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Manuel Pelligrini guided his charges to a memorable 3-2 victory over reigning European champions Bayern Munich at the Allianz arena, and in doing so condemned them to their first defeat in 27 games in all competitions.
Manchester United travel to South Wales to take on Cardiff City on Sunday. The Red Devils are coming off their biggest win of the year over Arsenal and have rejoined the pack of teams who are challenging for this season's Premier League title.
For United, the match against Cardiff City is one where football managers find the most difficult to prepare their team for: the game following a big win and against a team they "should" beat.
Manchester United have confirmed that Phil Jones has suffered an abductor injury. The defender was subbed off during England's defeat to Chile on Friday evening with a groin problem. He was immediately ruled out of tonight's game against Germany and returned to United for treatment. Following scans, the problem has been identified as an abductor [.
Phil Jones has withdrawn from England's squad to face Germany on Tuesday with a groin injury. The 21-year-old has returned to Manchester United for treatment after undergoing a scan yesterday, the FA confirmed. Jones picked up the injury during Friday evening's 0-2 defeat to Wembley at Friday evening.
Manchester United and England footballer Phil Jones has made it no secret that he is most comfortable playing for both club and country at the heart of defense. Yet he often finds himself playing at right-back or central midfield for the Red Devils.
Jones, who joined Manchester United from Blackburn Rovers in 2011 for a fee in the region of £16.
On this week's podcast: Dan and Dave go head to head with positives and negatives from United and Arsenal's clash over the weekend, the New York Red Bulls crash out of the playoffs, and Chelsea gets the benefit of bad officiating.
Phil Jones was regarded as one of the finest English defenders when he was still making his name at Blackburn Rovers. It was not surprising to see Manchester United part ways with £16.5 million for the youngster. He is turning out into an important member of the squad especially due to his versatility.
Phil Jones has claimed Manchester United are being spurred on by the fact large sections of the media have already written them off and, having endured a poor start to the season, they are now relishing the opportunity to prove critics wrong.
Sunday's 1-0 success over Arsenal moved United within five points of the Gunners, as David Moyes' men extended their unbeaten run to nine games in all competition, with a third consecutive league wins pushing United right back into the mix, on a weekend when Chelsea were lucky to secure a draw, while Spurs and City lost.
Manchester United have been granted a brief reprieve with their 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Stoke City today. But for many supporters, the performance of the team for the majority of the match was extremely poor. If it weren't for the efforts of Wayne Rooney, Adnan Januzaj, David de Gea and Chicharito, the Red Devils would have been answering some serious questions following the match at Old Trafford.
The third round of the 2013-14 Capital One Cup kicks off Tuesday and the first round of fixtures continues into Wednesday, highlighted by a match between Premier League giants Manchester United and Liverpool.
Both teams are coming off losses on the weekend, with Liverpool losing 1-0 at Southampton and Manchester United being well-beaten by rivals Manchester City by a score of 4-1.
Manchester United defender Phil Jones has been ruled out of the UEFA Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday. He suffered an ankle injury against Liverpool a few weeks ago, but hasn't recovered in time to help United in their opening European match.
The absence of Jones is a blow to United manager David Moyes who will be without Jones, Rafael and Chris Smalling.
According to the Telegraph, Manchester United defender Phil Jones has written to the English Football Association to voice his anger over Stuart Pearce's recent comments. Pearce made comments earlier this week slamming Jones, Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Jack Wilshere for showing "apathy" on the youth international level, accusing the players of withdrawing from this past summer's Under-21 European Championships.
Manchester United defender Phil Jones has downplayed the effects of new manager David Moyes' arrival. The former Everton manager replaced the retired Sir Alex Ferguson on July 1st, and since then has enjoyed a Community Shield win over Wigan Athletic, a convincing 4-1 win over Swansea City in the Premier League, and two drab games against title rivals Chelsea and Liverpool.
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Wayne Rooney apparently suffered a horrific head injury which is keeping him out of England's crunch World Cup double-header qualifying match against Moldova and the Ukraine. Reports suggest that ‘Wazza' sustained the injury on Saturday after a gruesome collision with fellow Manchester United compatriot Phil Jones during training.
Rooney a major doubt for World Cup double header - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Wayne Rooney is a major doubt for England's forthcoming World Cup qualifying games against Moldova and Ukraine. The 27 year-old striker was accidentally caught by the studs of Manchester United and England team-mate Phil Jones during a training session yesterday (who incidentally was injured in the first half of the Liverpool-United game on Sunday and could miss the qualifiers as well).
Manchester United defender Phil Jones has expressed his excitement about the upcoming Champions League campaign. The Premier League champions found out their fate in this afternoon's group stage draw from Monaco, and will be liking their chances in Group A. The Red Devils will take on Bayer Leverkusen, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Real Sociedad in David Moyes' first Champions League campaign with his new club, and Phil Jones is hoping that the club can maintain their good history in the competition.
Manchester United defender Phil Jones has sung the praises of Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge ahead of the two sides' clash on Sunday. Sturridge has found the back of the net in both of Liverpool's matches this season, helping Liverpool to a perfect record after two matches. Jones, meanwhile, has warned his United teammates to keep a close eye on the England international on Sunday at Anfield.
Beginning of the end! Why Manchester United should prepare for life beyond Wayne Rooney - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Already a week into the new season, it is clear that a decision must be made soon about Wayne Rooney's future.David Moyes repeatedly insists that Rooney will not be sold, especially after the first game, where the gaffer hailed his performance saying the maverick star is "incredibly committed" to his job.
David Moyes has named his first ever starting eleven for Manchester United in the Premier League, and there are very few surprises. Ryan Giggs wins a starting position over new arrival Wilfried Zaha, with Antonio Valencia getting the nod on the right flank.
As expected, wantaway striker Wayne Rooney has not been included in the starting eleven, with Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck starting up front.
Phil Jones nasty injury picked up in an aerial challenge with Jonathan Walters is not as serious as first suspected following a scan, however he did suffer concussion a bit like the rest of his team-mates would have got if Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge after their shock 2-1 loss to Stoke today.
Manchester United 4-0 Norwich City All Goals by all-goals
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1. There can't have been too many United fans who were expecting a result at Stamford Bridge. Surely a draw was the best we could hope for. Still, it doesn't make it any less disappointing to have your expectations confirmed and an easy 3-1 win for Chelsea made for a disappointing Sunday afternoon.
Tom Cleverley has been in for plenty of stick this season following a string of poor performances, with some fans arguing that he will never make the grade at United, whilst others are keen to be patient and see whether he can replicate a turn around like Darren Fletcher did.
December has been a good month for Cleverley though, with him forming a decent central midfield partnership with Phil Jones, and even scoring a goal in our 3-0 win over Aston Villa.
United: David de Gea, Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidić (c), Patrice Evra, Nani, Michael Carrick, Anderson, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck. United substitutes: Anders Lindegaard, Phil Jones, Rafael, Jonny Evans, Park Ji-Sung, Tom Cleverley and Dimitar Berbatov.
City: Joe Hart, Micah Richards, Vincent Kompany (c), Joleon Lescott, Aleksandar Kolarov, Nigel de Jong, James Milner, Yaya Touré, David Silva, Mario Balotelli and Edin Džeko.
Roy Hodgson has used his afternoon press conference to announce the England squad for the upcoming home friendlies against Chile and Germany on the 15th and 19th of November respectively, and it looks a little something like this...
The FA has announced Roy Hodgson's England squad for the important World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland. The Three Lions need to win both matches to guarantee qualification for the 2014 World Cup.
The squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers Fraser Forster, Joe Hart, John Ruddy
Defenders Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker
Midfielders Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere
Forwards Jermain Defoe, Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Welbeck
The FA Announces England National Team Squad for Games Against Montenegro and Poland is a post from World Soccer Talk.
Injuries to United and Liverpool players disrupt Hodgson's preperations - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Roy Hodgson's preparations for England's forthcoming World Cup qualifiers have been dealt a huge blow after it was confirmed that Phil Jones and Glen Johnson will follow Wayne Rooney into the treatment room.