Manchester United's Phil Jones 'enjoys' Louis van Gaal's 3-5-2 system

Angry Louis van Gaal

Phil Jones has hinted that his manager may persist with three at the back.

The Manchester United defender has played as part of a back three in all three of his side's opening Premier League games this season, with Louis van Gaal's side failing to win any of them.

United lost to Swansea City at Old Trafford on the opening day of the league campaign, before drawing 1-1 at Sunderland and then 0-0 at Burnley.

Jones, however, says he enjoys Van Gaal's 3-5-2 system, which has been the subject of heavy criticism in light of Man United's form.

Indeed, the England defender feels that, with time, Manchester United's players will understand their roles within the system better and better.

When asked if the English national side could ever adopt the formation, the 22-year-old told the official programme for England's friendly against Norway:

"Well, that is a decision for Roy Hodgson first of all but I personally enjoy the system.

"When everyone is working well together and knows what they should be doing on the pitch, then it certainly works and is very difficult for teams to play against.

"I think the more we train and play the more people understand their role on the pitch."

Jones was part of the Three Lions side that beat Norway 1-0 at Wembley on Wednesday night, with his captain both at international and club level, Wayne Rooney, scoring the winning penalty.

Next up for England is their first Euro 2016 qualifier - against Switzerland. Then, when the Premier League returns, Jones and his Manchester United team-mates will host Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford.

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