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Phil Jones: What Louis van Gaal told us after the West Ham game


Defender Phil Jones admits Manchester United had a below-par first half but says the draw was a fair result against West Ham United.

The Red Devils needed a late Daley Blind goal to restore parity against Sam Allardyce's side with the 22-year-old revealing that manager Louis van Gaal hailed the fighting spirit of his United players at the end of the game.

"West Ham pressed us well and I think a draw was a fair result," Jones told MUTV.

"Ultimately, we are disappointed. We needed to win and it was a big game for us.

"The spaces weren't really there in the first half.

"Unfortunately it took a goal from them for the spaces and the gaps to appear, for us to find those pockets to get Robin [van Persie] and [Radamel] Falcao on the ball, playing one-twos in and around the box and creating chances in the second half.

"We created two or three great opportunities in the second half that unfortunately didn't go in, but thankfully Daley stuck that one in at the end and got us a draw.

"We have not lost, which is a plus, but we could have gained some ground. It was not to be. We have got another big game on Wednesday night now and we need to win that one as well.

"The manager said in the dressing room after the game that he couldn't fault our spirit. If we had shown that more in the first half then we might have come away with a victory.

"But we need to address and evaluate this game. Then we will move on to the Burnley game."

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