Phil Jones identifies key Manchester United quality, one area of weakness

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Jones reflected on Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Stoke City, and more points dropped away from home.

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has said the side have become resilient following the side's 1-1 draw with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. 

After falling behind to an early Ryan Shawcross goal, Radamel Falcao levelled the game midway through the first half, as United survived a couple of scares in the second half to leave the Potteries with a point. 

It's now 10 games since United last felt defeat at the hands of champions and near neighbours Manchester City - seven of those games have been wins - which could prove to be an important run as Louis van Gaal looks to rebuild United after a poor season last term. 

Jones told the United website: "I think we've become resilient to play against.

"We could have been beaten, although I still think it's two dropped points. Maybe if we'd got all three points at Tottenham, we could have looked upon this as a better result in hindsight."

Jones was also asked what was missing from their last two games in order to get the wins, having dominated for much of the game at White Hart Lane last Sunday, only to leave with a 0-0 draw. 

He said: "I think it's maybe just the final pass, the final ball. But we'll evaluate everything we've done at Stoke and we'll try to improve."

United have no such trouble at home of late it seems, but they could do with turning around their away form which has seen them just win twice on the road this season against Arsenal and Southampton.

With fourth-placed Southampton closing the gap on United after the New Years' Day games to just a point, United's travel sickness could see them embroiled in a fight to get into the Champions League places when after a run of six successive wins, it seemed it would be a formality that a place in the top four would be secured this season.

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