Friday 26 May 2017

Man United star insists players 'are all fighting' for Mourinho

Phil Jones has offered up a stout defence of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and insisted all of his team-mates are fighting for their much-maligned manager
Phil Jones has offered up a stout defence of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and insisted all of his team-mates are fighting for their much-maligned manager
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Phil Jones has offered up a stout defence of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and insisted all of his team-mates are fighting for their much-maligned manager.

Mourinho has been handed two touchline bans by the Football Association in recent weeks, as his frustrations have boiled over following a series of disappointing results for his United side.

Now Jones has delivered a passionate defence of Mourinho's methods, in an interview that will be broadcast by Sky Sports on Saturday.

"He is great, passionate, honest and his passion rubs off on the players and you can see that out on the pitch," he said.

"All the players fight for him and it is a great feeling at the moment. He is what he is and that is why he is great. Like he is with you, he is like that with us.

"That is all you can ask, for a manager to be honest and tell you how things are. If you need telling, you need telling and he has done that for every player and you can see that out on the pitch.

"He has brought a resilience, he wants to defend properly, but he also wants to attack in a free-flowing way. And I think you can see that at the moment, the chances are coming and we just need to put them away.

"Those draws against Burnley, Stoke and Arsenal have not stalled us, but we needed to turn those into wins. All three goalkeepers had worldy games.

"We are playing free-flowing football and getting into great positions and we just need to finish teams off sooner."

Jones has made a return to first team action in recent weeks after a lengthy spell in the treatment room and he will be hoping to play a role in Sunday's Premier League game at Everton.

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