Phil Jones: This is how Manchester United will beat West Ham

by Leo Nieboer


Phil Jones believes Manchester United can beat West Ham United on Wednesday night if they continue to produce clear-cut chances.

Jose Mourinho‘s men, despite forging a bucket-load of chances, could only manage a 1-1 draw with West Ham on Sunday.

Man United will take on Slaven Bilic’s side once again on Wednesday for a place in the League Cup quarter final, before travelling to Goodison Park for their Premier League clash with Everton on Sunday.

Jones, who featured for the full 90 minutes against West Ham, believes United will get over the line on Wednesday if they continue to create chances at will.

“We created the chances again but we were unlucky in front of goal. We could have killed the game before half-time. We created some good chances but unfortunately it wasn’t to be,” he said.

“I thought we controlled the game and should have won, but we couldn’t get that final goal. We just need to keep creating the chances like we are doing and hopefully we are going to hit someone like we did against Feyenoord the other night.

“We just need to stick together, keep training well and keep creating the chances, and we will get the goals.

“We need to go again. Wednesday night is another important game and we want to win. I think it will be a completely different game to this one but we need to prepare right as it comes around quickly.”

United’s recent record at home seems to defy the very laws of the universe. In games against Stoke City, Burnley, Arsenal and West Ham, United managed 91 shots. How many goals? Just three. How many wins? None.

I don’t think United even had 91 shots under Louis van Gaal last season. And yet, somehow, their predicament is even gloomier than this time last year. 11 points off the top, with just two Premier League wins in their last ten outings.

It feels as if Mourinho’s men, especially in the Premier League, need a slice of luck – something to just go their way, allowing for the floodgates to open. And United fans will hope to see it happen sooner rather than later this season.

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