Manchester United news: Star takes pop at Moyes; price to sack Van Gaal reported

Phil Jones says the Manchester United squad felt lower under the management of David Moyes than they do now.

It's hard to pick out positives at Manchester United at present, after three consecutive defeats.

The Red Devils have lost three straight games, and are out of the Champions League.

Manager Louis van Gaal is fighting for his job, with matches upcoming against Stoke City and Chelsea.

United defender Phil Jones has stood up for the Dutchman, telling the Manchester Evening News the atmosphere is not nearly as bad as it was as under his predecessor.

He said: "I wouldn't say it's the lowest moment. I think it became pretty glum under David Moyes.

"The manager is doing all he can and is doing a terrific job. It's not even questionable in the dressing room. The lads are absolutely fully focused on performing well for the manager, the fans, ourselves - week in, week out."

United's hierarchy have given no public indication they are ready to sack Van Gaal. The price it would cost to do is £10 million, The Telegraph report.

Recently sacked Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been strongly linked with replacing Van Gaal, but last night his agent Jorge Mendes insisted there was no agreement between the two parties, The Mail reported, seeking to distance his client from the rumours.

Whether this would be the case if the job was vacant remains to be seen, but defeat to Stoke or Chelsea over the coming week and we could all soon find out.

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