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.
February 23rd, 2012
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.”