Jones Says LVG Never Believed In Him

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Phil Jones says he was not happy under Louis Van Gaal and he feels better with Jose Mourinho in charge.

The defender was sidelined due to a knee injury problem last season and could only make six premier league starts.

However, Phil Jones has been a very important part of Jose Mourinho’s squad and he’s happy to be used again.

“I feel there have been only three managers who have every truly believed in me and understood me as a player,” Jones told the Manchester Evening News.

“That’s not being critical of other managers but the only three were Sam Allardyce, Sir Alex Ferguson and now Jose Mourinho.

“They have all given me belief and confidence. I am not one who needs to be patted on the back every single day and told I am brilliant. Some players need that, I don’t. But those three certainly gave me confidence.”

“I was on the bench at Wembley in the FA Cup final and during the last two months of the final season of Van Gaal last year I was fit and playing. I was just made to play reserve games,” Jones said.

“For whatever reason he thought I needed to be fitter. I had no problem with that, I just played the games. I did what I could do to get back in the team and unfortunately it didn’t really work out under him.”

The former Blackburn Rovers defender added: “No question there were thoughts about my future. It was in the back of my mind. If you are not playing games that speaks volumes.

“I said to myself at the start of the season that if someone believes in me and gives me the chance I know I am more than capable of delivering for the manager. Jose has done that.

“Hopefully if I stay fit and keep playing well the it well be at Manchester United because there is no better club to be at.

“The manager has given me the confidence to go to the next stage. I have always said from day dot if somebody comes in and they give me a chance to play and play regularly then they will get the best out of me.”



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