Phil Jones admitted that last night’s performance wasn’t top notch for Manchester United as they saw off Otelul Galati 2-0 in the Champions League, but the defender was pleased to take away three points and wants to continue the winning momentum.
United weren’t able to close the game down until Wayne Rooney scored a strike out of his midfield position in the 87th minute, and though strikers Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez were unable to find the net, the Red Devils were still able to take away a win that took them to the top of the Group C table.
And Jones believes that while the side didn’t play the most attacking, attractive football, Galati represented tough opposition and were a challenge to defeat.
“It was a good performance,” Jones told the official United website. “It probably wasn’t the prettiest of games to watch but we saw it out, got the clean sheet and scored two goals as well.
“But the lads have pulled out a professional performance and we got the three points. There are no mugs in the Champions League.
“They [Galati] are not in the Champions League for nothing and we stopped them from creating chances. We’ll build on that.”
Jones also reserved special praise for Rooney, who played out of his usual position and still produced a top performance for United.
“He was great. He’s a fantastic lad and a fantastic player as everyone knows and wherever the manager asks him to play he’ll go and do that,” the defender explained.
“He showed that tonight. I am happy to play anywhere in the team, too, whether at centre-back or right-back.
“The main reason I came here was to play in the Champions League and test myself against some of the best players in the world. I am doing that and enjoying it.”