Fatigue is inevitable, says Manchester United's Phil Jones

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has been speaking about the winter fixture congestion.

The Red Devils drew blank in yesterday's 0-0 draw with Spurs at White Hart Lane, which is the first time in nine Premier League games that they have failed to register a single goal.

United dominated much of the first half and had enough chances to go into the interval with a very comfortable lead. Poor finishing in front of goal cost them though and after the break Spurs came out rejuvenated, taking control of the game themselves.

Phil Jones spoke to MUTV following the goalless draw and admitted fatigue is an issue that affects all football clubs at this time of year, but refused the criticise the festive football calendar.

He said: "Fatigue is always going to kick in with two games in three days but it's the same for every club in the Premier League. You have to do it, we have done it, and now we look forward to the game against Stoke on Thursday.

“We created numerous chances in the first half and perhaps should have been three or four nil up at half-time but it wasn't to be."

The 22-year-old defender went on to praise the clean sheet, and surprisingly the performances of both Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao, both of who had a day to forget for Louis van Gaal's side.

He added: "In the second half they came out and pushed us to the end. We knew that would happen but we stayed resilient and we kept a clean sheet.

"It's always nice to come away with a clean sheet but ultimately the lads are disappointed not to have taken all three points. I thought Falcao and Robin were terrific. They held the ball up well, they linked up well but it just wasn't our day in front of goal."

United are still undefeated since the loss to Manchester City at the Etihad in early November, but they face a tough test on New Year's day when they will line-up against Stoke City at the Britannia where they lost 2-1 in the same fixture last season.

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