Manchester United defender disappointed after 2-1 defeat to Ajax

You could have been forgiven for thinking that Manchester United wanted to be eliminated from the Europa League, with the Red Devils producing a lacklustre performance against Ajax on Thursday night.

Manchester United defender disappointed after 2-1 defeat to Ajax

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February 23rd, 2012

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Javier Hernandez put United into an early lead, although this only served to make the home side complacent and they had to weather a late Ajax storm before booking their place in the last 16 of the competition.

It was certainly not a display that impressed Phil Jones who was critical of his team’s performance despite qualifying for the next round.

Jones said on Channel 5: “I don’t think we were at our best tonight.

“We got off to a great start, scored and seemed to be in control of the game.

“But a little bit of complacency set in. We should have won the game and we will review our performance tomorrow and take it from there.

“The manager said at half-time we’ve got to up the tempo and we didn’t do that for whatever reasons. We weren’t good enough in the second half, nowhere near.”

On a brighter note for Jones, the central defender cum midfielder has been selected to represent England against Holland next week, with the former Blackburn player delighted by the call-up.

He said: “I’m delighted to represent my country. It’s an honour and I’m pleased for Tom (Cleverley). He’s been out for a long time but is a great little player.

“But we’ve lost the game tonight and we’re bitterly disappointed.”

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