Jones: Man Utd players behind Van Gaal

Manchester United’s players are fully behind manager Louis van Gaal despite their disintegrating form, says defender Phil Jones.

The Red Devils have followed up their early exit from the Champions League with back-to-back Premier League defeats to strugglers Bournemouth and Norwich, leading to speculation that Van Gaal’s position may be under threat.

However, Jones says the Dutchman still has the full support of the squad.

"The manager is doing all he can and is doing a terrific job,” he told reporters. “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.

"The players in there aren't hiding behind anyone. We know full well we have to take responsibility. There's no other way. The manager picks the team and the team has got to go out and do its best.

"We might be playing well, or playing well in patches, or not scoring or whatever it may be, but we need to stick together and us as players need to take responsibility for that. There's no two ways about that.

"We just have to keep plugging away, keep creating chances and hopefully we'll hit someone four or five nil, but we just have to get back to the drawing board again and pick ourselves up."

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is widely tipped to succeed Van Gaal should the Manchester United board opt for a change, with some newspapers in the UK reporting that talks are already underway.