Manchester United defender Phil Jones says that the club needs to guide their dominant performances into victories after their sixth draw of the season in the Premier League against Everton on Sunday afternoon. United took charge of the game and after Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in the 42nd minute of the match, a goal which relied on technology to be verified, the Red Devils looked set to take all three points back to Manchester. United had suffered hurt recently with the late equalisers against Stoke City and Arsenal at Old Trafford, and this was no different. Marouane Fellaini, having only entered the pitch moments earlier, gave away a penalty for a foul on Idrissa Gueye, with Leighton Baines finding the back of the net from the spot. Speaking to the official Manchester United website, Jones who has rediscovered his form of late, said:
“Everton play direct and make it difficult for you to defend but I thought we stood up to it and were resilient.
“The home fans were getting frustrated until we gave the penalty away and drew the game.
“We are losing too many points now, it’s becoming a common trend, and we need to put that right quick.
“I can think of four or five games now where we have dominated but not managed to win. It’s happened again and I’m gutted.”
Manchester United started their match against Everton on Sunday in good form, opting to bring Henrikh Mkhitaryan back into the starting XI in the league after a period of time on the sidelines trying to adapt his game, which he has done thus far. Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all looked good in the opening stages of the match. It was through Martial and Ibrahimovic which started United’s only goal of the match, which relied on goal line technology for the referee to give the goal, which was seeming cleared, albeit not off the line, but past it, by the home side.match in style with the flair and creativity of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Ibrahimovic evident in the opening exchanges. It was a combination between the latter pair that broke the deadlock when the Frenchman played in the Swede and he chipped the on-rushing goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to give the visitors a deserved lead. Speaking about the goal and how well United are currently playing, Jones concluded by saying:
“We are playing well, we are moving the ball well and creating chances. It was a great ball by Anthony [Martial] and Ibrahimovic did what he does best. It’s a great goal but it’s worthless in a game you draw when you should have won.”
Jose Mourinho has been full of praise for his players in recent weeks, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo for praised for their efforts against Everton on Sunday. The manager, speaking to the official Manchester United website, said:
“He’s playing like the team is playing. The team is playing very, very well and the players are playing well. I would say [Phil] Jones and [Marcos] Rojo were magnificent. Jones for many years doesn’t play five matches in a row and Rojo last season was left-back, on the bench and at home and in this moment he’s had five consecutive matches also playing central defence, so we had phenomenal performances and a very good solid performance as a team.”
Manchester United enter into an important period of the season, needing a draw, or a win ideally against Zorya Luhansk in the UEFA Europa League in the Ukraine on Thursday evening, then entertaining Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday. After that, they face Crystal Palace away on Wednesday 14th December, before another away trip to West Bromwich Albion on the following Saturday. They then have an eight-day break before hosting Sunderland at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, before hosting Middlesbrough on New Year’s Eve then travelling to the London Stadium to face West Ham United for the third time in a month the day after New Year’s Day.