Phil Jones: "We created numerous chances but it wasn't to be"


Phil Jones was delighted Manchester United kept a clean sheet in their 0-0 draw against Tottenham Hotspur but feels they should have secured a win as they had enough chances to have won the tie.

Louis van Gaal's team were spectacular in the first half at White Hart Lane but were not able to beat Hugo Lloris who proved vital in the clash. Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata all came close to scoring but in the second-half Spurs were the better side as the festive schedule played its part.

And after the clash, Jones told MUTV: “We created numerous chances in the first half and perhaps should have been three or four nil up at half-time, but it wasn’t to be,” Jones said.

“In the second half they came out and pushed us to the end. We knew that would happen, but we stayed resilient and we kept a clean sheet.

"It's always nice to come away with a clean sheet but ultimately the lads are disappointed not to have taken all three points. I thought Falcao and Robin were terrific today. They held the ball up well, they linked up well but it just wasn’t our day in front of goal."

Jones reckons "fatigue" took its toll but he’s looking ahead to the match against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on New Year’s Day.

“Yes, I think fatigue is always going to kick in with two games in three days but it’s the same for every club in the Premier League,” he told MUTV. “You have to do it, we have done it, and now we look forward to the game against Stoke on Thursday.

“It will be a difficult battle down there – we know what they are about and what it will be like. Every game in the Premier League is a physical test and it’s an even bigger test there. But we will prepare right and recover well, and hopefully we will get the three points against Stoke."

Written by @Chukkymufc


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