Defensive effort thrills Jones

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Manchester United defender Phil Jones was happy with the team effort in the 1-0 win against Everton.

After last weekend's 6-1 derby defeat to rivals Manchester City, the Red Devils produced a backs-to-the-walls performance to stop the Toffees from breaching David de Gea's goal.

And the summer signing from Blackburn was quick to pay tribute to the whole team, not just the defence, after Javier Hernandez's strike won the day at Goodison Park.

"Everyone showed today what Manchester United are about. It was a bad day at the office last week but we've shown fantastic team spirit in training, got our heads up and picked ourselves up quickly," Jones told MUTV.

"This is a massive win for us today and we're delighted in the changing room. It was tough and we expected it from Everton because of previous years of coming here. It was mad [at the end] and we had to defend it but we did that and, thankfully, got the three points.

"It's very nice as a defender [to get a clean sheet]. Defensively as a unit, I thought 11 players defended and not just four. They were throwing the kitchen sink at us today and I thought we stood strong as a unit and held together."

Nemanja Vidic made his return to Barclays Premier League action on Saturday, and it was a performance to please Jones, who is happy to have the Serbian defender back in the line-up.

"He's our captain and you don't want to go without your captain. He showed his determination and grit today and it wears off on everyone else."

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