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Jones: I’m Knackered Now!

Phil Jones played his first game for United since the final day of last season against Sunderland. Whilst disappointed with the result, Jones was happy to get some playing time after such a lengthy period on the sidelines.

“I’m knackered to be honest,” he admitted. “It wasn’t the best of pitches to play on either. It was quite heavy on the legs but I’m delighted to get through 90 minutes. I’m buzzing about that. It’s been difficult. I’ve had my downs. I picked up a few niggles and had surgery on my knee so I’ve had a pretty wretched four or five months. I’ve been in the gym every day and it’s not easy. I had to concentrate on getting myself fit and worked quite hard to get to where I am now so I’m just delighted to be back. I’ll feel stiff on Wednesday but everything is fine. Hopefully I can push on now, get back in the team and prove why I should be here.”

Jones was disappointed that United conceded from a corner and blames them falling asleep.

“We should have switched on and dealt with the corner,” he added. “We shouldn’t be getting punished on set-pieces. It’s happened and we still had chances to go on and draw, if not win, but it just wasn’t our night. There were a lot of positives. We controlled a lot of the play – we were lacking a bit with the final cross or final ball and perhaps should have finished it off. But I think we were a bit unfortunate.”


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82 Comments

  1. wayne says:

    mattbw7 just responding to you saying he wasn’t given transfer funds,he was but most of his signings was ave at best,just don’t rate him that highly mate hope Rent boys do hire him

  2. matt says:

    hahaha remember when benitez bought robbie keane from tottenham for 19m then sold him back to tottenham 6 months later for 12m? fuck that was funny

  3. Bobby Charlton's combover says:

    “Torres is quoted as saying the Benitez was the most influential coach he’s worked with”

    Did be mean positively or negatively?

  4. AlphaRS says:

    I am struggling to understand something here.
    Afew years ago the future was looking bright for the United midfield. Ravel Morrison and Paul Pogba were up and coming talents who seemed destined to make it in to the first team. Obviously Morrison was sold because of his off the field problems but Pogba was a different problem. He just wanted to play football and be paid £20,000 per week.
    Nick Powell was signed from Crewe Alexandra for £6,000,000 and reportedly on £5,000 per week.
    Paul Pogba was signed by Juventus for a mere £1,000,000 compensation.
    Wouldn’t it have made more financial sense to play Pogba and pay him £20,000 per week. Especially with the current midfield situation. He is looking good at Juventus and exactly the sort of player United need at the moment.

  5. wayne says:

    No doubt in my mind FSW fucked up Torres he was desperate to keep his job and was playing Torres injured.Torres have a couple of good seasons at the Dippers but has only scored more than 20 goals once in his career,was already done when Roman forked out the 50mill probably go down as the worst signing in transfer history,be lucky to get 10-15 mill for him now.

  6. wayne says:

    AlphaRS in the end think it became more to do with his attitude,unproven kid demanding first team football or else just isn’t going to fly with Sir Alex.At Utd unless it’s a rare talent there is a process a player has to go through,a player like him if he keeps developing will probably end up at one of the rent boy clubs.

  7. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Pogba has left and is a juventus, what relevance is he to manchester united?. Yes the club may have lost a potentially top player but at the end of the day, pogba made his choice to leave, his agent already turned his head and if he didn’t leave united at the time he did, he would have done so later, united is not the be all and end all for pogba and he showcased that. It’s clutching at straws to continiously bring him up, there’s no guarantee that he would’ve been the saviour of the united as i keep reading useless articles claiming he would have been. Manchestet united has moved on from pogba,l,you win some and you lose some.

  8. denton davey says:

    Proverb @ 13:26: “When Chelsea signed Di Matteo for TWO seasons I think they meant SUMMER AND AUTUMN”

    Brilliant !

  9. denton davey says:

    Wayne @ 15:36: “Spanish source Fichajes claims that Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels is pushing for a move to Man United.”

    A little bird whispered in my ear that Daniele De Rossi is coming to the red side of M/C in January. Getting BOTH Hummels and De Rossi would be fine with me.

    Getting neither and enduring more agony-time watching Ashley Young disgrace the red #18 shirt.

    Seeing TheGingerNinja and SirRyanGiggs not realize that they are part of a glorious past is making it hard to believe that SAF has his finger on the pulse of this year’s challenge.

  10. Bobby Charlton's combover says:

    @Alpha RS – good point well made. I think it was more to do with what Wayne says about his attitude.

  11. wayne says:

    denton is that the same source who had the Modric/Berba swap,seems about as plausible,just don’t see De Rossi leaving Italy

  12. samuel - united WE stand says:

    thepeoplesperson.com/manchester-united-are-selling-the-wrong-striker/

    This article is the only decent thing i’ve read about united in the past few weeks. It would be far too hasty to get rid of joshua king, especially.on a permanent basis. He could easily slot into that wing role, left or on the right. He used toget accused for lacking composure and an end product but his game has improved, united have 3 wingers with experience who are currently faltering.why not give josh king an opportunity?, he’s big and powerful, probably one of the fastest players in football at the moment. His movement has got better and his end product is getting better. Too many players in this united team are looking complacent, thinking that signing for united has suddenly meant they’ve reached the stars and don’t need to kick on. I say give the likes of king and brady chances.

  13. AlphaRS says:

    @wayne and @Bobby Charlton’s combover
    I had forgotton about that aspect. SAF is never going to put up with players demanding to play. Had he given in to Pogba then that would have undermined his authority at United.
    Their are many reasons he left including wanting to play first team football, more money, his agent wanted to make a load of money nudging him towards Juventus. I just don’t think it makes any sense selling a player for £1,000,000 and signing a striker for £6,000,000 and putting him in midfield.

    @samuel – united WE stand
    Pogba does have relevance to United because he came through our youth system and because he is a midfield player with alot of potential. He seems to be fulfilling that potential at Juventus who realistically it would seem have a better midfield than United. How is he getting in to that midfield but did not get in to the midfield at United? He can’t be any worse than what we have at the moment surely? It doesn’t make sense reallly.
    I saw Pogba against The Renties last night and he had some good touches on the ball.
    I watched him against

  14. WeAreUnited says:

    very good article frome the peoplesperson.

    Macheda unfortunately has had rough spells on loan, but he doesn’t seem to shine for the first team, it’äs like he thinks the whole world is in his shoulders when he plays.

    We should watch how good will Joshua King to at blackburn and after that decide what to do with that prospect, selling him would be a mistake.

    As for Macheda, well every player needs more chances, so does Macheda, but he has had many chances, if he stays, I hope the best for him, if he goes, I will be sad that our saviour on THAT game against Villa and the other also, had to go.

    peace.

  15. samuel - united WE stand says:

    I certainly don’t see de rossi leaving roma, he’s already a legend there and as italians have this sense of loyalty towards their original clubs, i can’t see it happening. He won’t taint his status within their eyes to go to a club that offers bucket loads. Stranger things have happened and he may well do but i doubt it. Hummels is an elegant centre back, if you’re looking for a ready made replacement for rio then he is but would cost an absolute extravagant fee and with smalling, jones, evans and michael keane (who are no where near the regular german international in terms of development but may well reach those heights), i can see fergie being patient to see them make the step up.

  16. Bobby Charlton's combover says:

    Can’t see De Rossi leaving either but we don’t know what might be going on in anyone’s head or what is going on behind the scenes between club, agent and player. We seem to be in limbo in midfield – giggs and scholes are too far gone while clevs, ando and especially powell and tunnicliffe haven’t come on enough yet for most peoples liking. Fletcher is struggling to regain his old form and Carrick is consistent if unspectacular. Assessing it honestly it’s not a midfield that has anyone shaking in their boots.

  17. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Alphars – he came through our system? I wonder what Le havre and his first team have to say about that. Tell me how a juventus player is relevant to this club?. You and a lot of people need to let it go, he made a decision to leave, he looks at united as a stepping stone and if he didn’t leave now, he would have left maybe a season or two into him staking first team place. He wanted to follow the steps of fellow french men like michel platini, zidane and vieira at the italian club, he’s not heartbroken about leaving united as many make out. It’s tedious everytime i read about him in articles, it seems to be more of having a dig at fergie because a player turned him down than any constructive points to aid united, then again there are a lot of acoholic fuckers in the media these days.

    My opinion is looking at the younger players at united and seeing how they can make that next step into the first team. People spent half their time moping about other players, perhaps we could look closer to home and encourage players that are here and want to be united players.

  18. denton davey says:

    Wayne @ 17:28: “denton is that the same source who had the Modric/Berba swap,seems about as plausible,just don’t see De Rossi leaving Italy”

    You betcha. It would have happened, too; but SAF didn’t answer my call ‘cos he was focussed on Ashley Young and making life miserable for Nani.

  19. samuel - united WE stand says:

    If anything, the united midfield will take a season or two to build. Players are still developing or are yet to find their feet but i see the talents there. Anderson for me has been held back massively with all the injuries he’s had, his fitness and endurance was no problem when he first joined, he powered and drove up and down throughiut. He and hagreaves made up that rock solid powerful mifield. Anderson has missed years of regular football, he’s still not fully fit and only more match time will sort that. People moan everytime he doesn’t instantly dazzle, forgetting it takes a regular time to gain form and fitness. He needs games regularly. That really is just a slight part of the problem though but solutions can be found, even if it may take time to see these players step up. The fact a legend like scholes is around to bail us out doesn’t help either, when he and giggs pack it in, the younger players will be thrown into the deep end, those that will swim to the shores of making it will and those that will fall gradually into the bottom part will do. That’s the whole point of football, taking a chance or stand fucking still.

  20. AlphaRS says:

    @samuel – united WE stand
    United bring in players from other clubs and put them in to our youth system. Are they not considered to have been products of the United youth system?
    To say Pogba is not relevant to United is like saying all players who have moved on from United are not relevant. For instance should I look out for you to say “what relevance does he have to United?” when any talk about a former player is mentioned on this blog?
    I don’t understand where your distain regarding Pogba has come from? This is the first time I have mentioned Pogba on this blog?
    Pogba did want to play for United. Probably until he saw Giggs and Ando ahead of him in the pecking order for that position. And you have to say you can understand when he thought feck that.

  21. Bobby Charlton's combover says:

    Chelski are looking to replace Di Matteo by tonight so they either have someone lined up for some time or they called benitez this afternoon. The fact that they have brought in Txiki smells to me like Pep is on his way but yet I can’t see it. I wouldn’t mind if he reserved himself for United rather than going to these chavs who will have no respect for the man. benitez on the other hand would take the managers job at aldershot if offered. He expresses interest in every job going and I could only see him take chelsea lower so he gets my vote.

  22. samuel - united WE stand says:

    My disdain for pogba? don’t make me laugh. All players with the right attitude, i try to keep up with, players like pogba have no relevance to me, i don’t think ruthless master dictator will be weeping into his red wine anytime soon. United have lost better players than pogba will probably ever be and the club has moved on, you and many i’ve noticed clearly have an emotional attachment which i’m struggling to comprehend. What stamp has pogba left on manchester united to warrant all this lamb sacrificing and weeps? I’m really puzzled. You’re open to bang on about a juventus player but so am i to declare him irrelevant.

    “pogba did want to stay at united”? What, did he send you that confirmation through paypal or used a vulture to send you a paper note?. Yeah, he really wanted to stay, that’s why he was completely looked indecisive, getting the hopes of fans up when clearly he’s made a deal with his agent aka “fat tony” to join juventus, he has left and to mend your heart, let it go. I would rather focus on the likes of petrucci, powell, cole,lingard, tunni who are equally talented but behind him in physical development. That’s my frank assessment of this pogba bollocks.

  23. samuel - united WE stand says:

    My disdain for pogba? don’t make me laugh. All players with the right attitude, i try to keep up with, players like pogba have no relevance to me, i don’t think ruthless master dictator will be weeping into his red wine anytime soon. United have lost better players than pogba will probably ever be and the club has moved on, you and many i’ve noticed clearly have an emotional attachment which i’m struggling to comprehend. What stamp has pogba left on manchester united to warrant all this lamb sacrificing and weeps? I’m really puzzled. You’re open to bang on about a juventus player but so am i to declare him irrelevant.

    “pogba did want to stay at united”? What, did he send you that confirmation through paypal or used a vulture to send you a paper note?. Yeah, he really wanted to stay, that’s why he was completely indecisive, getting the hopes of fans up when clearly he’s made a deal with his agent aka “fat tony” to join juventus, he has left and to mend your heart, let it go. I would rather focus on the likes of petrucci, powell, cole,lingard, tunni who are equally talented but behind him in physical development. That’s my frank assessment of this pogba bollocks.

  24. samuel - united WE stand says:

    m.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2012/nov/21/nick-powell-manchester-united?cat=football&type=article

    Anyway, for once, a great positive article that doesn’t cry “doom”.

  25. parryheid says:

    I think Guardiola is coming to United some time soon,hopefully early January.Think that meeting in New York in the summer is pretty significant,here’s hoping.

  26. Proverb says:

    Confirmed: Rafa Benitez is the new Chelsea manager. Official announcement by the club to be made shortly

  27. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Rafa Benithus us BACKKKK!!!!!! New Chelsea manager….

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Confirmed on Chelsea www site.

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  28. fergie is the boss says:

    samuel – united WE stand – a season or 2? LOL, the midfield needs new players end of for me, for me we need 2 new CM players, and let us not get started on the mess hat is going on at the back. Butner a good player, but for me, we have yet to see replacements for ferdinand vidic and evra, Evans is the closest to becoming a fixture at the back along with rafeal and DDG. Even if jones and smallen get over their injury’s, we are still short of numbers at the back, let alone the lack of depth and veriaty in the CM. You add the numbers up, we are short of 5 players, to rebuild that shattered spine. I think fergie must share a big portion of the blame, for letting the united spine rot into decline, and for me it is unacceptable to be playing a ryan giggs well past his sell by date now

  29. fergie is the boss says:

    and scholes maybe good for certain games, but to go into the new season with the same midfield has last season is a complete outrage for me, no matter if we signed RVP. We have no linchpin, no one to break the play up, and when giggs came off for scholes, that for me is not only a pisstake, it is the straw that should break the camels back, that the boss has made some big big errors in recent yeas, that it is another season wasted in Europe, and I do think we are even more further away from competing for the CL more than ever before. We have gone from competing on all fronts, to just getting by in Europe, and just about competing for the PL

    rant over, but it is just not good enough, especially in the way the boss seems almost stupid in the deep-lining problems that have infested the spine since summer 2009

  30. United Till I Die says:

    @Samuel

    Its kinda hard not to notice Pogba as an ex-United player when he’s playing CL football with the champions of Italy. Especially when he’s playing against the Rent Boys.

    Nobody would begrudge Diouf scoring v Liverpool in the Europa so why the issue with people saying whatever they want about Pog?

    After Morrison left some supporters watched his subsequent fuck ups with GLEE, so what kind of fucked up individual could begrudge a United supporter having respect for an ex-player?

    He’s joined a club that probably wanted him before we signed him, he’s accepted the normal wage for his age, and he actually gets game time in all competitions despite his lack of real experience after so many years at United.

    Right now he’s in a midfield with Pirlo for fuck sake. He CHOSE Paul Scholes mind you and he chose well, but Pogba is such a widely recognised talent he still had Pirlo as an option and he took it.

    I can’t blame him for wanting to play football at the highest level, and I can’t begrudge any supporter who talks about previous players, whether positively or negatively. If Ronaldo scores the winner right now you can’t have a go at anybody for bringing him up ffs. We don’t have to agree mind you.

  31. AlphaRS says:

    @samuel – united WE stand
    Yes your distain. I find your post quite amusing actually. I have no emotional attachment to Pogba. Do you? The reason I ask is becauase when I mentioned his name you jumped all over it like I had mentioned the name of your ex boyfriend after a messy break up.
    If Pogba has no relevance to you than why comment on my post questioning the financial reasoning behind selling Pogba for £1,000,000 compensation to Juventus and signing Powell for £6,000,000. That is a legitimate question.
    I’m hardly banging on about Pogba. Why are you puzzled as to why I mention his name? He is playing in a midfield surrounded by Pirlo, Marchisio, Vidal, Asamoah, and Lichtsteiner. Those players are hardly shite and I quite enjoyed watching them rip The Renties a new one last night. That midfield is better than The United midfield bar Rooney. That might be hard to accept for alot of United fans but it is the truth.
    Are you having a laugh in regards to Petrucci, Powell, Cole, Lingard, and Tunnicliffe? Talented they may be, potential they may have, but do you think they will be anywhere near the first team anytime soon when SAF continues to pick Scholes (Legend he may be but can not last 90 mins or play 2 games in a week) and Giggs (Legend he may be but is long past it). Isn’t that the reason Pogba left in the first place. Just to play football?
    So back to what I was saying, he can’t be any worse than anything we have at the moment.
    If he messed around with your feelings about staying and left get over it. He wants Fat Tony. Not you.

  32. mara says:

    I m happy zo see Rafa on Chelsea s bench…because we have one opponent less fot the title. only Citeh…so we have to focus to brake them.

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