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Phil Jones Insists Manchester United Will Master Louis Van Gaal’s 3-5-2 Formation

The centre back also believes the Red Devils will improve as the season goes on.

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Manchester United centre back Phil Jones has insisted that Louis Van Gaal’s 3-5-2 formation is not the source of the clubs current struggles and believes the squad will master the Dutchman’s chosen formation, the Daily Star reports.

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Several pundits have blamed Van Gaal’s desire to use the unusual formation on United’s poor start to the season. The recently desposed Premier League champions have yet to win a competitive game under the former Ajax coach and were embarrassingly thrashed 4-0 by League One side MK Dons in the 2nd round of the League Cup.

Despite United’s troubles this season, Jones doesn’t see the new formation as a problem and believes he and the rest of the squad will improve.

“I personally enjoy the system,” he told the Manchester Evening News.

“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.”

Jones has been ever present in United’s back three so far this season while he is also set to start in England’s first European Championship qualifier against Switzerland tonight.

While the 22 year old believes he will improve when playing for United, he is also keen to become a regular in the Three Lions starting line-up.

“I hope I can play well for United and, ultimately, nailing down a starting spot [for England] is the aim for anybody that’s in the squad,” he said.

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