Is this why United are failing? Jones confirms missing ingredient…

For Manchester United to climb the league ladder, David Moyes must restore something.

Manchester United have not tasted victory in the Premier League since their November 10 edging of title-chasing Arsenal and have collected just one point in December, after tying Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane prior to a brace of 1-0 losses sustained at Old Trafford when Everton and then Newcastle United visited.

United are in a transitional phase as manager David Moyes guides them into the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, however, in order to emulate his predecessors success, current boss Moyes will need to restore the self-belief in his roster of players.

Centre back Phil Jones, who was on of the starters in the defeat to the Magpies on December 7, is quoted by Sky Sports to have said: 'Obviously the lads have lost a bit of confidence in their play. You can tell that with the possession and creativity.

'Players maybe are not playing how they naturally would. That happens when your confidence drops. Usually whenever we're chasing a goal at Old Trafford, especially at the Stretford End, we put teams under an enormous amount of pressure. But with the lack of confidence and creativity we didn't produce that.'

He continued: 'If you look back at the game, we lacked a bit of sharpness in our passing. We were sloppy in possession which allowed Newcastle to get control of the game. When we were going forward, the lack of sharpness in our passing stopped us from creating much up front.'

United are ninth in the Premier League table after accumulating 22 points from 15 matches. They face Aston Villa away on Saturday.

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