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Manchester United are 'comfortable' with three at the back, says Jones

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman observed what he saw as a weakness in the system.

Phil Jones believes United will recover from their deflating loss to Southampton.
Phil Jones believes United will recover from their deflating loss to Southampton.

MANCHESTER UNITED DEFENDER Phil Jones is adamant that he and his team-mates are comfortable playing with a three-man defence.

Louis van Gaal has frequently adopted a back three since taking the reins at Old Trafford in July, though fans and pundits are not completely convinced by the system, with Southampton boss Ronald Koeman identifying it as a weakness after he masterminded a 1-0 win at Old Trafford on Sunday.

But Jones insisted to the press: “I think we are comfortable playing in it. Whether we have a back four or three, we are comfortable with both.

“Sometimes maybe we play that pass in the defence that we shouldn’t but we are comfortable playing in both formations the manager has shown.

“We are still improving as a team. It’s a learning curve. It doesn’t just happen overnight. You don’t just click your fingers and you are used to playing in a new formation. It’s like anything, it takes time, but we are improving in training and we want to get better. That’s the main thing.

“Every one of us in the changing room wants to get better, to learn and that’s only good for us.”

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