Jones defends Moyes and his tactics at Manchester United
Manchester United defender Phil Jones believes David Moyes is doing meeting expectations well following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. In an interview to the Daily Star Sunay, Jones admits United were bound to meet a few ups and downs after Ferguson’s retirement, but Moyes is doing well to carry on the mission.
Moyes has promised best to carry on the torch, although he confesses it would not be possible fit in the large boots Ferguson has left behind. The new Old Trafford boss’ voyage in the Premier League begins with injuries and unexpected results.
Criticism has been flying towards the new Scotsman in Manchester, but strong support for Moyes is present as well. Moyes has won the hearts of his men and is being favored by the management as well, although he has started off the season with four points from three games.
Nonetheless, Moyes has already picked up his first piece of silverware in the 2-0 defeat of Wigan Athletic at the Community Shield last month. Jones believes Moyes is linking well with the team, although admittedly the change of tactics will need some time to settle down.
Jones revealed the Moyes is trying to implement a gameplay that revolves around pass-and-play, but insists little has changed at Manchester United since Ferguson’s exit. Moyes has decided to continue with the nearly the same squad as last year, although that maybe because he has failed to attract big names.
Moyes’ only signing this summer was Marouane Fellaini from his former club Everton. Moyes claims he is happy with the squad, after all they won the Premier League title last season. Jones shared similar sentiments, whilst suggesting that Moyes liked the ways the things were at the club.
“To be honest, I don’t think much has changed,” Jones said. “There’s been a little bit of his input in training and stamping his mark on what he wants -- maybe we pass the ball slightly more. But that’s just his view on the game and I think it’s worked really well. Other than that, there’s not been much change.
“David’s a very passionate manager and he wants to achieve great things for the club. Hopefully, the players can help him do that.”
Jones is currently on the bench because of an ankle injury he picked up in the 1-0 defeat to Liverpool last weekend. The young defender is expected to be back on his feet once the international duty is over next week.