Manchester United announce August Player of the Month winner

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has been voted as the club's Player of the Month for August.

Phil Jones has won Manchester United's Player of the Month award for August.

The England international defender has impressed despite his side's poor form and has claimed the accolade ahead of Tyler Blackett and Wayne Rooney.

The award highlights that Jones has been the best United centre-back at adapting to Louis van Gaal's 3-5-2 formation.

The new system has proven a challenge for United to adjust to, and the side are still looking for their first competitive win of the season as a result.

It is a shocking run of form at the start of the season, which the Red Devils will be looking to rectify at the weekend.

Jones, though, can feel relatively pleased with his start, and he will be looking to build on the momentum and confidence that he has received from this representation of his decent form.

That said, his place in the starting line-up is actually unde -threat given Van Gaal's side's spending this summer. 

United have brought in a host of players to try to arrest the slide that they have been on ever since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure. 

Two of these players, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind, will offer competition for Jones's place in United's defence, and the 22-year-old will know that he will have to maintain his form if he is to keep his starting berth when he returns from injury.

At the start of the summer there was a lack of other options for Van Gaal to pick at centre-back, but he has a decent amount of cover there now and Jones will be hoping to avoid a dip. 

The first chance that United will have to show that their new additions can have the desired impact is on Sunday against Queens Park Rangers, and Jones admits that the side will be looking for massive improvement.

“I think I have had a steady start to the season,” he told the club's official website, upon receiving the award. “Obviously the results have not been what we wanted, far from it, so we need to improve and hopefully win on Sunday to get our first win on the board and really kick on from there.”

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