Phil Jones and Louis van Gaal give conflicting views on Manchester United performance

Louis Van Gaal

The Manchester United defender and manager had contrasting opinions on United's performance in their 2-1 win over Valencia.

It would appear that Phil Jones and Louis van Gaal have very differing opinions on Manchester United’s performance last night, after the side's friendly win over Valencia.

United ran out 2-1 winners in the fixture, which was Van Gaal’s first game in charge at Old Trafford, but, despite the victory, the Dutchman says that it was the worst performance that the side have put in during his tenure so far.

"We have won in spite of that we have played our worst game," the 62-year-old said to MUTV. "We made a lot of wrong choices, wrong passes and we didn't press too much."

Van Gaal’s United side have remained unbeaten throughout the pre-season – where they have won the International Champions Cup during their tour of America – but the new boss clearly has very high standards for his side to meet.

Jones, it would seem, is still getting used to the transition. The English youngster was overtly more positive about his side’s display and he called some his team-mates’ performances on the night ‘terrific.’

"It's the boss's first game here and the first game for a few of the young lads too,” Jones said. “I thought they were terrific tonight and that only stands us in good stead for the season."

It shows the differences in expectations at the club now that David Moyes has left. There was a moment last season where Moyes stated that a draw away at Cardiff City was a good result for the club and it further confirmed that he was out of his depth managing at a club with the reputation of United.

Van Gaal, however, is used to the challenge of overseeing the progress of huge sides across Europe and already he is raising the bar in terms of what he expects from performance levels.

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It appears that he will be hoping to see an improvement in the side’s first game of the Premier League campaign.

United take on Swansea City on Saturday in the Premier League’s opening match and they will be looking to make a statement of intent, as they seek to return to title-winnings way this season.

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