Phil Jones: Fans have every right to boo us
To say that the current season has been bad for Manchester United would be an understatement. With the appointment of Ryan Giggs, United were supposed to get through to the end of the season unscathed, particularly considering the fixtures. But, after a dream start, Saturday’s defeat to Sunderland only highlighted the job at hand.
In the aftermath of the game, interim manager Ryan Giggs admitted that the Black Cats deserved all three points. Not something you would expect a United manager to say, especially at home. But such has been the Red Devils’ season that it wasn’t a surprise at all.
At the end of the game, fans booed the players off the pitch and defender Phil Jones said that was perfectly understandable and that the fans “had every right to do that”.
After the game, Jones said: “You can understand that totally. They have had a difficult season. It has not been easy for them, especially here at Old Trafford. It’s the story of our season isn’t it? You win one, but you can’t carry the form on. It’s disappointing. We are up at the top of the table on away form, but the home form for whatever reason has not been as good.”
Jones also added: “It’s caught us out and that’s something next season we really nail down and work on.” With United playing their final home game on Tuesday against FA Cup finalists Hull City, Jones is hopeful that the players can provide a fitting send off for skipper Nemanja Vidic, who will play in his final Old Trafford game before joining Inter Milan in the summer.
About the final home game, Jones said: “We can’t afford to make it flat. We have to lift ourselves again and win the game for the fans.”