Manchester United star insists players never gave up on Moyes

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Phil Jones has rubbished suggestions that players had given up hope under former manager David Moyes .

The England defender was talking after Manchester United beat Norwich 4-0 in the first game of the post-Moyes era.

Sections of the media have been critical of United's players since Moyes was sacked at the beginning of the week, with former captain Roy Keane saying: "Some of the players should be ashamed of themselves because they really let him down."

However, Jones has defended his teammates and is quoted by BBC Sport as saying: "Players don't go out on the football pitch to lose games. Everyone wants to win every game at this club.

"It's not happened for whatever reason but we need to move on quickly and end the season well."

Jones made 36 appearances under Moyes and expressed sympathy for the Scot who departed Old Trafford with over five years left on his original contract.

The 22-year-old said: "We are sorry he has lost his job and we didn't get some of the results we would have liked to for him. He is a nice man, a nice fella and we wish him all the best."

Moyes sacking followed a 2-0 defeat at Everton which ended United's slim chances of playing Champions League football.

Whoever replaces Moyes in the Old Trafford hot-seat will be leading Manchester United into a season without Champions League football for the first time since 1995, and there's still a chance they'll even fail to qualify for the Europa League.

The Red Devil's currently sit seventh in the Premier League and they'll need to close the six point gap between them and Tottenham if they're to play any kind of European football next season.

The defeat at Goodison Park means United have taken just five points from a possible 30 against top five opposition, a run of games that saw them lose home and away to fierce rivals Manchester City and Liverpool as well as Moyes' former club Everton.

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