Phil Jones: Louis van Gaal is doing a ‘terrific job’ at Manchester United

by Ben Topliss

Phil Jones has insisted that Louis van Gaal is doing a “terrific job” at Manchester United despite the team’s poor form in recent weeks.

Man United were beaten 2-1 by Norwich on Saturday, meaning they are now without a win in their last six games in all competitions.

Pressure on van Gaal has reached fever pitch as a result and there have been numerous calls for the Dutchman to be sacked. However, Jones claimed that van Gaal has the full support of the players.

“The manager picks the team and the team have to go out and do their best. We might be playing well in patches and not scoring or whatever it is, but we need to take responsibility for results,” he said.

“The players aren’t hiding behind anyone. The manager is doing all he can and is doing a terrific job.

“It’s not even questionable in the dressing room [that the manager has the players’ backing]. The lads are fully focused on doing well for ourselves, the manager and the fans week in, week out.

“He [van Gaal] has been positive, the same as us. He’s devastated when we’ve lost games but the only way we are going to come out of this is if we keep working hard.”

Louis van Gaal

United are clearly trying to make it seem like the players are fully behind van Gaal but reports emerging in the last few weeks would suggest otherwise.

Players such as Ashley Young and Michael Carrick are reportedly unhappy with the manager’s methods and it appears as if he has lost the faith of the squad. The team looked disinterested and unmotivated against Norwich and you get the sense that it is only a matter of time before van Gaal is sacked.

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