Jones: Van Gaal praised team spirit but wants team to bounce back

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United’s Phil Jones has urged his teammates to bounce back from the weekend’s disappointing 1-1 draw with West Ham United by beating Burnley on Wednesday night.

Cheikhou Kouyate opened the scoring for West Ham and it looked like the Hammers might win the game but Daley Blind fired home late on to rescue a point for Louis van Gaal’s side.

Despite the result it was a frustrating performance from United, who are now fourth in the Premier League table after starting the weekend in third.

Jones explained how Louis van Gaal praised Man United’s team spirit but it didn’t take away from the disappointment. Speaking about the game, Jones said: ”In the end, we are disappointed in the dressing room that we didn’t take all three points. But West Ham pressed us well and I think a draw was a fair result.

“Ultimately, we are disappointed. We needed to win and it was a big game for us. We have not lost, which is a plus, but we could have gained some ground. It was not to be. We have got another big game on Wednesday night now and we need to win that one as well.

“The manager said in the dressing room after the game that he couldn’t fault our spirit. If we had shown that more in the first half then we might have come away with a victory. But we need to address and evaluate this game. Then we will move on to the Burnley game.”

Despite playing an attacking line-up which included Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao, Angel di Maria and Wayne Rooney United looked disjointed and out of ideas.

To get anything less than three points against Burnley would be unacceptable for United as they bid to secure Champions League football next season.

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