Phil Jones

Manchester United

Chelsea Preview: Five Keys To Victory

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So... It happened again. Van Gaal's carpet has been lifted as high as possible, with a sub-standard beginning to his tenure and ridiculous David Moyes comparisons swept underneath and into the darkest crevises and beyond reach following a rousing 4-2 derby win last weekend. With United holding down third place with an eight point advantage over Liverpool in fifth, Champions League qualification would seem all but wrapped up.

Daily musings: Arsenal star off the pace, Man Utd duo have tough night and a Cristiano Ronaldo reliance

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Daily musings: Arsenal star off the pace, Man Utd duo have tough night and a Cristiano Ronaldo reliance - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It has been an interesting round of international fixtures for the major European nations, with last night's action throwing up a number of intriguing talking points.

Jones: We enjoy proving people wrong

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Having been written off and criticised all season, United look to have hit top form at the right time, having just beaten Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

Phil Jones says he enjoys proving people wrong after they've had a dig at you.

We have proved people wrong up to now.

Man Utd enjoying proving all the doubters wrong, says Phil Jones

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Manchester United are enjoying proving all the doubters wrong this season, says Phil Jones. The Red Devils backed up their best performance of the...

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Louis van Gaal gives latest Manchester United injury update

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Louis van Gaal gives latest Manchester United injury update - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that Luke Shaw missed today's clash against Sunderland because he was injured, while Phil Jones was suffering from illness.

The 20-times English champions managed a 2-0 victory over Sunderland at Old Trafford, courtesy to a brace from Wayne Rooney in the second half of the match.

Van Gaal confirms Robin van Persie and Phil Jones are fit to face Swansea

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Van Gaal confirms Robin van Persie and Phil Jones are fit to face Swansea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Louis van Gaal has confirmed his star striker Robin van Persie and centre-back Phil Jones are fit to face Swansea City.

The 20-times English champions make a trip to Wales as they take on the Swans in the Premier League clash scheduled between the two sides at the Liberty Stadium.

Young: Spirit and bond at United is great

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Ashley Young has spoken to the club's official website about what it's like being a part of the Manchester United dressing room.

On my left I've got Wazza and on my right I've got Angel [Di Maria]; Fletch also sits with us. Despite the language barrier with Angel we all have a laugh.

Man United held by ten man Villa.

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Aston Villa1 Manchester United 1 Villa Park is a stadium which holds fond memories for the United team and the fans. Throughout our history it has been a happy hunting ground, as we have enjoyed many...

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Man Utd’s Phil Jones hits back at claims he is a crock

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Phil Jones has hit back at claims he is a crock after missing a number of games already this season. The defender returned after two months out with...

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David De Gea. “Why always me?”

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Phil Jones returns to Man Utd training

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Manchester United defender Phil Jones has returned to training. The England international's comeback will help to ease Louis van Gaal's...

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Kevin Strootman transfer: Manchester United ‘firmly expected to bid’ for Dutchman

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Kevin Strootman transfer: Manchester United 'firmly expected to bid' for Dutchman - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Strootman: A Louis van Gaal favourite

Manchester United to become the new Galactico! Well, that's the buzzword coming from UK press this morning.

According to highly respected journalist James Ducker of The Times, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is planning radical overhaul of the squad next summer, ready to take his total spending spree to around/over£350m in two years.

Evans: Don’t know what to do about these freak injuries

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Manchester United have suffered from more injuries than any other club in the league this season, particularly in defence.

Jonny Evans has revealed they are unsure what to do about these "freak injuries".

Players don't get injured on purpose. There have been injuries with the odd hamstring or groin, there have been quite a few of those, but Rojo dislocated his shoulder and I had a fracture in my foot.

Manchester United handed huge injury relief ahead of Arsenal clash

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Louis van Gaal has been handed a massive boost when Manchester United face Arsenal at the Emirate on Sunday.

The Telegraph reports that star striker Radamel Falcao will be in contention, along with the central defending duo of Phil Jones and Jonny Evans.

United Captain To Miss The Manchester Derby Through Injury?

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United Captain To Miss The Manchester Derby Through Injury? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Wayne Rooney was expected to make his return this Sunday against Manchester City, after missing the last three games through suspension. The Red Devils' captain though, is now in danger of sitting out this one as well, after limping off with a foot injury on Monday.

Phil Jones: ‘Quiet lad Di Maria is exactly what Man Utd need’

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Phil Jones says Manchester United team-mate Angel Di Maria is exactly what the club need. The defender, who recently returned to action after a month...

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West Brom vs Manchester United: Preview, Possible Lineups & Prediction

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West Brom vs Manchester United: Preview, Possible Lineups & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Victory tonight for Manchester United would move them back into the top four to end Premier League matchday 8.

West Brom will head into the match only one point above the relegation zone following Newcastle's win on Saturday.

United missed out on Real Madrid defender because of Phil Jones

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Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane said he turned down a move to Manchester United because the club had just signed Phil Jones and the Frenchman feared that might limit his first team opportunities.

The French defender was one of European football's most promising prospect when he left Lens in the summer of 2011, with Real Madrid beating PSG and United in the race to the then 18-year-old.

Louis van Gaal confirms 10 absentees this weekend

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Louis van Gaal confirms 10 absentees this weekend - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed that he is without 10 first-team players for Saturday's game at home to West Ham.

The Red Devils have been hit with a number of injuries to start their season as the Dutch manager has won only one of his first five Premier League games in charge of the world football giants.

Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling all out of Manchester United’s game against West Ham

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Manchester United defenders Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling will all miss their side's game against West Ham this weekend, manager...

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Jones adds to injury woes

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Phil Jones out for a month

In today's press conference Louis Van Gaal revealed that Phil Jones is the latest to hand in his sick note, taking United's total number of injuries to nine.

"Fellaini is more than a month away, Jones maybe three weeks or a month," said Van Gaal.

"Carrick isn't ready but has run for the first time on grass.

Man Utd’s Phil Jones ruled out for three weeks with hamstring injury

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Manchester United have suffered a defensive blow after defender Phil Jones was reportedly ruled out for up to three weeks with a hamstring injury....

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Marcos Rojo has potential but plenty to prove to expectant United fans

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It has been a summer of frustration at Old Trafford. After the early arrivals of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, it seemed there was about to be a much needed overhaul at United. But during the last two months, we have been forced to be patient as new boss Louis Van Gaal gave the current squad a chance to impress him.

Does Adnan Januzaj Fit in Louis van Gaal’s System?

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Five key thoughts following United 4-2 Manchester City as Young and Fellaini shine

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Manchester United defeated local rivals Manchester City 4-2 at Old Trafford to solidify third position in the Premier League table. A Sergio Aguero brace sandwiched goals from man of the match Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and Chris Smalling, who erased bad memories of the reverse fixture in which he was sent off.

STATS: Average age of United’s team compared to City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs

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The average age of United's 10 most regular starters is 26.8. At the older end of the scale is Robin van Persie (31) with 24 starts, Antonio Valencia (29) with 22 starts and Radamel Falcao (29) with 12 starts.

Daley Blind (25), Marcos Rojo (25), Chris Smalling (25), Phil Jones (23) and Adnan Januzaj (20), amongst others, are not included in the average as they are outside the top 10 for number of starts.

STATS: United’s win over Liverpool

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Player stats
Most passes
Antonio Valencia 69 (92%)
Juan Mata 67 (92%)
Mamadou Sakho 53 (90%)
Ander Herrera 52 (87%)
Joe Allen 48 (84%)

Attacking third passes
Marouane Fellaini 17 (65%)
Antonio Valencia 17 (90%)
Juan Mata 16 (80%)
Ander Herrera 13 (81%)
Philippe Coutinho 11 (65%)

Ball recoveries
Antonio Valencia 10
Philippe Coutinho 9
Michael Carrick 7
Phil Jones 7
Joe Allen 6

Tackles
Ander Herrera 7/9
Daley Blind 6/7
Emre Can 4/6
Marouane Fellaini 4/5
Phil Jones 4/4

Aerial duels
Marouane Fellaini 11/16
Martin Skrtel 4/8
Emre Can 4/7
Wayne Rooney 4/6
Jordan Henderson 3/6

Top passing combinations
Valencia to Mata 35
Mata to Valencia 23
Blind to Fellaini 20
Herrera to Valencia 17
Valencia to Herrera 16
Mata to Herrera 16

Team stats
Liverpool passes: 302/402 (75%)
United passes: 460/562 (82%)
Liverpool possession: 41.

United deliver Spurs a ‘knockout punch’.

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Man Utd’s FA Cup bore draw.

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Cambridge United 0 Manchester United 0 An FA Cup 4th round tie between two sides, one of which is struggling in their league to find any cohesion and rhythm and with no realistic chance of ending the...

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Jones: Our foreign players understand how important derby day is

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For today's game against Manchester City, you would imagine that players like Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Daley Blind are going in the starting line-up. While they're not Mancunians, and haven't grown up caring less about Manchester City, Phil Jones insists the foreign players at the club fully understand how important a win for us is today.

Jones: We want to win this game of passion

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Phil Jones has spoken about today's derby against Manchester City. He claims they are trying to prepare as they would for any other game, but realises that's difficult to do when there's so much at stake.

I don't think it [City's recent form] matters one bit when you look at the quality of their players and what they can do.

Wayne Rooney

Jones: Rooney is our leader and we all follow him

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Wayne Rooney's teammates have been singing his praises over recent weeks, particularly following the inspirational speech he gave to them ahead of the fantastic display against Spurs a few weeks ago.

Phil Jones has joined in with claim Rooney is a fantastic captain, pointing to his talk ahead of the victory over Villa.

STATS: United, corners and Phil Jones

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Last season, United averaged 5.7 corners per game and this season it is 5.4. 15% of the corners we took last season lead to chances, and this year it is 13%. Just 1.4% of our corners last season resulted in goals and this year, so far, it is 2.5%.

In real terms, that means this season we've scored 3 times from 119 corners this season, which is pretty shocking.

Man United didn’t rule Britannia.

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Van Gaal: Rooney will play against Southampton

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Louis van Gaal has got good news on the injury front. After previously ruling out Wayne Rooney, the manager has confirmed that the captain will be available for Monday's game against Southampton and Angel di Maria isn't far behind him.

On Rooney: The news is very good, he shall play.

On Di Maria: It (his return) shall be quickly but not for Monday.

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Jones: Rojo plays in the right way

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Phil Jones has sung the praises of his team mate, Marcos Rojo, after the Argentinean has settled in well after moving to the Premier League from Portugal.

Since Marcos has come he's played the right way and in the way we've wanted to play. It's difficult to come over to a different country and a different league and go straight into the team and hit your form, but he's done well.

Jones: RvP the hardest to play against in training

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Phil Jones has answered fans questions for United Review.

Who's the best defender you've played with?
I've been lucky to have played with a lot of really good defenders already, so obviously the likes of Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic have to be up there. But even when I go back to my Blackburn days, I learned a lot from playing with Ryan Nelsen.

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Jones: We’re looking forward to derby day

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Phil Jones put in a good shift this afternoon in United's 3-1 win over Aston Villa. The defender is pleased with the result, particularly following an international break where players have travelled all over the world.

It was a big win especially when you have players coming back from international duty on Thursday and Friday.

Jones: Boss is happy with our spirit

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Phil Jones has spoken of his disappointment at not managing more than one point away to West Ham.

While both Manchester City and Liverpool have lost their this season, United knew that if they won, they would close the gap on 2nd place to just three points.

Now, they are right back in the thick of it again, fighting to stay in the top four.

Five key thoughts from Cambridge United 0-0 Manchester United

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Manchester United suffered the humiliation of being held to a goalless draw by League Two side Cambridge United on Friday night. The hosts, who sit in mid-table in the fourth tier of English football, earned a deserved replay after United failed to create enough chances throughout. Luckily for the Red Devils, the replay should not be an issue due to the absence of European football at Old Trafford this season.