Defender to sign 4-yr-deal at Manchester United this week - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
England defender Phil Jones is close to signing a new contract with Manchester United. According to reports from The Times, Jones is expected to sign a four-year-deal this week. United are keen to secure the defender's future after tying down Chris Smalling to the club, until June 2019.
Manchester United's Phil Jones just wanted it more than Arsenal's Olivier Giroud. Some say it wanted to eat it, others that he wanted to balance it on his nose and be rewarded with a large raw herring.
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That Jones face tackle has garnered a few choice reactions on twitter:
You're all laughing at Phil Jones, but that's what raw desire looks like.
According to a new study compiled by CIES Football Observatory, Europe's best central defender aged 23 and under is not Real Madrid's Raphael Varane or Jose Gimenez of Atletico. Instead it is Manchester United defender Phil Jones!
BEST U23 CENTRAL DEFENDERS
1 Phil Jones (Man Utd) 2 Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid) 3 Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) =4 Marquinhos (PSG) =4 Stefan de Vrij (Lazio) 6 Tin Jedvaj (Leverkusen) 7 Niklas Sule (Hoffenheim) 8 Michael Keane (Burnley) 9 Jores Okore (Aston Villa) 10 Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia)
Jones credited United boss Louis van Gaal for his improved play this season, saying in an interview last month that:
‘Every player is well aware of the philosophy of the manager and the way he wants his teams to play.
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.
Wayne Rooney has revealed that he started off the season as Manchester United's penalty taker, replacing Robin van Persie who took on the duty from Rooney the season before.
"In pre-season, he asked me to take penalties, so I said 'yeh'. Obviously, I want to take the penalties," he said. "So he said he's got a structure of if you take one and miss one, then you're at the back of the queue.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.