Phil Jones urges his Manchester United teammates to make Old Trafford a fortress again

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has spoken of his side turning Old Trafford into a fortress once again. Last season, United were left frustrated as many teams expected to be sent packing left the Theatre of dreams with a point. Today marks United Premier League opener against West Ham United, a team United will need to get stuck into in order to start the season well and help to turn Old Trafford into the said fortress once again. Jones, speaking to the official Manchester United website, urged his teammates to strike fear into their visitors once again, starting with West Ham, saying:

“It’s very important [to make Old Trafford a fortress]. We’ve got to make sure that teams coming to Old Trafford this season know that they’re in for a tough game and know that they’re going to be under the cosh for a lot of the game.

“I think we got that back last year. I think teams definitely came to Old Trafford and feared us a lot more than in recent years, and we need to keep that momentum going.

“We’ve got a great squad now, with youth and experience, and hopefully that combination will serve us well.”

The United central defender has earmarked former striker Javier Hernandez to be a treat from the Hammers today, making his first appearance at the Theatre of Dreams after his departure two years ago. Chicharito played for United from 2010 to 2015. Jones believes the United fans in the stadium with give the Mexican ‘Little Pea’ a rousing reception, continued by saying:

“I think he’ll get a great reception, he was very well liked here, not just as a player but as a professional off the pitch. He was a good player and he’ll be a tough opponent, but we’ve got to make sure we do our things right and perform as well as we can do.”

Jones also spoke about United’s worldwide fan base as well as those who will be in attendance at Old Trafford on Sunday. United really do have the best fans, well if you steer clear of the embarrassing ones on Twitter who seem to moan about anything and everything. Jones concluded by saying:

“The support around the world is massively appreciated – we feel it every game. Whether you’re there or you’re not there and cheering us on through the TV – we feel that.

“When the results don’t go so well, we feel the pain as much as they do, but that’s what we’re about and we stick together through the tough times and the good times. Hopefully, we’ll have more good times than bad times this season.”

United have named their side to face West Ham United and Jones is part of the team, partnering Eric Bailly in the heart of defence both suspended from the UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid in Macedonia on Tuesday evening. Jones will be looking to show Mourinho that he can be relied upon this season with a battle in central defence with six players ready and raring to show the manager why they should be involved in the team.

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