Jones backs van Gaal formation

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has insisted that he has confidence in manager Louis van Gaal’s 3-5-2 formation despite their bad start to the season, reports the Manchester Evening News.

After guiding the Netherlands to third place in the World Cup using almost the same tactics, van Gaal decided to implement the system at Old Trafford, and has gone as far as to play the likes of Ashley Young as a wing-back to maintain his preferred formation.

The three-man defence has occasionally looked shaky and uncomfortable, and so far they have earned only two points from their three Premier League games, and were thrashed 4-0 by League One Milton Keynes Dons in the second round of the Capital one Cup.

Despite that, Jones still has faith in the new formation. He said: “I personally enjoy the system. When everyone is working well together and knows what they should be doing on the pitch then it certainly works and is very difficult for teams to play against. I think the more we train and play, the more people understand their role on the pitch.”

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