With rumours mounting that Manchester United are set to sack Louis van Gaal, Phil Jones has spoken out to defend the manager. He believes the situation was worse under David Moyes and that the players are fully behind the Dutchman.

I wouldn’t say it’s the lowest moment. I think it became pretty glum under David Moyes. The manager is doing all he can and is doing a terrific job,” said the England international. It’s not even questionable in the dressing room. The lads are absolutely fully focused on performing well for the manager, the fans, ourselves – week in, week out. The players in there aren’t hiding behind anyone.

We’ve just got to keep going, working hard, take the criticism and stick together. There’s nothing else we can do. We need to keep plugging away, create chances, get back to the drawing board and pick ourselves up. We’ve played good football in patches this season but we need to stick together, there’s nothing else we can do. We can’t come out and say we’ve played well in parts because ultimately we’ve lost the game. We’re upset, the fans are upset, everyone is upset, but we need the fans more than ever now.