Manchester United players know their duty to "play attractive football", says Jones

The centre-back has admitted United's effort hasn't always paid off this season, but he is adamant the players are giving 100%.

Manchester United players know their duty to "play attractive football", says Jones
Jones in training | Photo: Matthew Peters/Manchester United

Manchester United centre-back Phil Jones said he and his teammates know their duty to play 'attractive football' for the fans.

After many years of blowing away teams with their stunningly quick attacking football, the Reds' style has been heavily lambasted this season. United fans have consistently voiced their opposition to Louis van Gaal's possession-focused football.

At times, it has shown it's worth in impressive wins over the Premier League's bigger sides. At other times, in losses to promoted sides like Norwich City and AFC Bournemouth, it has shown it's weaknesses. 

Jones said that "there is a big incentive to get our hands on some silverware" with United not having won a major trophy since the Premier League title win in 2013,  Sir Alex Ferguson's final season.

Jones promises desire to "excite the fans"

Ferguson signed Jones for a large £17million fee for a teenager, and consistently reminded everyone of his promise. He hasn't been able to show it since arriving from Blackburn Rovers in 2011 and has been injury-prone.

He believes that following a very up-down season for United, "there is no-one more disappointed than the dressing room" who know that they "have to excite the fans, play attractive football and wins games."

Phil Jones challenges Middlesbrough under-21's Arnel Jakupovic on Monday evening | Photo: Matthew Peters/ManUtd
Phil Jones challenges Middlesbrough under-21's Arnel Jakupovic on Monday evening | Photo: Matthew Peters/ManUtd

That will be music to the ears of many United fans who have not seen any of those things throughout this season. Jones is returning from injury, having played less games this season than Luke Shaw despite the latter suffering a double leg break in September. He has now played twice for the under-21 side, alongside captain  Wayne Rooney on Monday in a 1-0 victory against Middlesbrough.

Jones adamant players are giving everything

Jones believes that "everyone gives their absolute maximum for this club" as well as to please "the fans and the manager". Although "at times it has not worked," the United players "are still positive."

After a 3-0 humiliation by title challengers Tottenham Hotspur, it is looking increasingly unlikely that United won't be hosting Champions League football next season. Their rivals Manchester City secured their place in the semi-final of the competition last night, beating Paris Saint-Germain. They still have a chance to win it, whereas United have been knocked out of both the Champions League and UEFA Europa League this season already. Once classed by Ferguson as "noisy neighbours", City are starting to create a shadow over Manchester United, whose board members insist they remain the biggest club in the World.

United play West Ham United in an FA Cup quarter-final replay at the Boleyn Ground this evening, with live coverage here.