Manchester United defender Phil Jones has insisted that his side were desperately disappointed to only earn a point against West Ham United yesterday, despite trailing at Upton Park until deep in stoppage time.
Daley Blind's equaliser deep into stoppage time was required to salvage a 1-1 draw for Louis van Gaal's side, who struggled for long periods to create genuine clear-cut opportunities despite dominating possession.
Jones is adamant that United thought they deserved to win and were aiming for nothing less than three points before kick-off, before demanding a response against Burnley at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Are expectations too high
In an interview with MUTV, brought to our attention by the Express the England international said: "In the end, we are disappointed in the dressing room that we didn't take all three points. But West Ham pressed us well and I think a draw was a fair result.
"Ultimately, we are disappointed. We needed to win and it was a big game for us. We have not lost, which is a play, but we could have gained some ground. It was not to be. We have got another big game on Wednesday night now and we need to win that one as well."
Fighting spirit there for all to see
United fans may have been disappointed with a worrying lack of cutting edge in their efforts against the Hammers, but what couldn't be faulted was the desire of an under-performing side to avoid defeat.
Van Gaal clearly agreed with Jones revealing that the bulk of his post-match team talk praised the players for battling on after what was a dreadful performance in the first 45 minutes.
Jones explained: "The manager said in the dressing room after the game that he couldn't fault our spirit. If we had shown that more in the first half then we might have come away with a victory. But we need to address and evaluate this game. Then we will move on to the Burnley game."
A home match against relegation strugglers Burnley represents the perfect chance for United to return to winning ways, on paper at least.
Van Gaal will expect an improved all-round display to match any victory though, as the fight for a precious Champions League spot intensifies heading towards the business end of the campaign.
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