Van Gaal will come good at Manchester United – Jones

The new manager is yet to win a competitive game after four attempts since taking over at Old Trafford in July, with his 3-5-2 formation drawing criticism from some

Phil Jones has backed Louis van Gaal’s philosophy despite it coming under scrutiny after Manchester United’s slow start to the season.

The Dutchman has deployed a 3-5-2 formation, although he is yet to win a competitive match – with the Premier League following up an opening-day loss to Swansea with two draws in the Premier League.

Most notably, United were thrashed 4-0 by MK Dons in the League Cup, but Jones insists their new formation is not the problem.

“I personally enjoy the system,” Jones is quoted as saying by Manchester Evening News.

“When everyone is working well together and knows what they should be doing on the pitch then it certainly works and is very difficult for teams to play against.

“I think the more we train and play, the more people understand their role on the pitch.”

Jones earned his 12th England cap in their 1-0 friendly win over Norway at Wembley on Wednesday and the former Blackburn Rovers man hopes his club form can assist his international ambitions.

“I hope I can play well for United and, ultimately, nailing down a starting spot [for England] is the aim for anybody that’s in the squad,” he said.

“Everybody wants to start, but you have to prove yourself first. I hope starting for United under the new manager will help me achieve that.

“I have always said I would like to play at centre-back for both club and country so, hopefully, I can do that.”

Jones is set to start in England’s opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland in Basel on Monday.

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