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Phil Jones: Manchester United are pleased with the performance against Arsenal

by Leo Nieboer

Phil Jones insists the Manchester United dressing room is pleased with the way they played during the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Saturday.

Man United dominated Arsene Wenger’s men from the first whistle and deservedly went ahead on 68 minutes through Juan Mata‘s low strike.

But Arsenal, with their only shot on target, levelled things up late on with an Olivier Giroud header, handing the visitors a fortuitous point.

Jones, speaking to ManUtd.com, claimed United players were encouraged following the game against Arsenal, despite having defeat snatched from their grasp.

“Sometimes the luck is not on your side but it will change,” he said.

“We just have to keep plugging away, keep training well, keep playing and keep putting performances in like that and hopefully it will then change.

“It is crazy. If we had won then we would have been three points behind Arsenal. Arsenal have had a ‘world class’ season and we are supposed to have had an average season. That is just the way the Premier League works. But we are pleased with the performance. We created chances and probably should have scored more.

“There is no need to panic yet. We have been playing well and creating chances, it is just that bit of luck that we need and hopefully it will come soon.

“It feels like we have been slapped 6-0! We completely dominated the game from start to finish, and even when they had a spell of possession they never really created anything to test us.

“I thought we defended well, created chances and it was just one of those things. They got one chance and scored. We have to pick ourselves up, we are pleased with the performance but not with the result.”

There is a clear pattern now forming at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho: excellent performances, no three points.

Games against Stoke City, Burnley and Arsenal all followed the same pattern. United fans witnessed their side dominate from minute one, cutting the visiting side apart with a series of slick, precise passes and smart runs, only to somehow come away empty handed, despite creating a multitude of chances.

It feels as if Mourinho’s men just need a break, a stroke of luck, to overcome this deficiency. A ruthless, storming performance that yields the result it deserves, replete with an early glut of goals, before United can settle into cruise mode.

Such an outcome has threatened to arise for a number of weeks now, and it now feels like a matter of time before it does.

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