Phil Jones: Manchester United have turned a corner

Phil Jones says he and his Manchester United team-mates have turned a corner after an indifferent start to the campaign.

Monday 23 Dec 2013
Phil Jones celebrates scoring the winner against Shakhtar
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Despite sitting in the unusual position of eighth going into the Christmas period, David Moyes’ side have now won four games in a row and the England man feels things are beginning click as the team gets used to the new regime.

He said: "It has been a good couple of weeks.

Phil Jones fact file

  • Born: 21 February 1992
  • Place: Preston, England
  • Previous club(s): Blackburn Rovers
  • Senior debut: 22 September 2009 (Blackburn v Nottingham Forest)
  • International debut: 7 October 2011 (v Montenegro)

"I think we can all start to feel there is more of an understanding at what the manager wants. The last four games have been an indication we are getting to that stage.

"We are in a good place at the moment. We are playing well. We are passing the ball well."

Jones, who signed for Manchester United from Blackburn Rovers in 2011, has been a key figure in the Premier League champions’ first team so far this season, completing 90 minutes in each of the four victories - a run in which they have also conceded only one goal.

Jones also played a pivotal role in the first of the victories, scoring the only goal in United's 1-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

However, the 21-year-old insisted that it was also important his side continue to build on their festive momentum and not rest on their laurels.

"We needed to play at a higher tempo," he added.

"We have done well to bounce back from those disappointments against Everton and Newcastle. We have shown we are starting to find our feet again in the United way."

Next up for Jones and Manchester United are back-to-back Premier League away games, firstly at Hull on Boxing Day, followed two days later by a trip to Norwich.

Victory at Hull would secure the longest winning run of the Moyes era.

And while United are destined to spend Christmas Day in their lowest position of the Premier League era, there are enough matches involving the sides above them over the Festive period to give them hope of edging closer to the top four at the very least should their present form be maintained.

"We can only concentrate on our games and what is in front of us," said Jones.

"We have a chance to put points on the board pretty rapidly over Christmas and we have to try and do exactly that."

By Jamie Reid Senior Writer