Darren Fletcher & Phil Jones

Darren Barr Fletcher (born 1 February 1984 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a central midfielder for English Premier League club Manchester United. Philip Anthony Jones (born 21 February 1992) is an English footballer who plays for Manchester United and the England national team. 5.0/5

Darren Fletcher Phil Jones Manchester United Wayne Rooney Jonny Evans Michael Carrick Chris Smalling Shinji Kagawa Danny Welbeck Antonio Valencia Juan Mata Paul Scholes Ryan Giggs Nemanja Vidic Tom Cleverley Ashley Young David De Gea Rio Ferdinand Champions League

Man Utd without FOUR centre halves as defensive crisis worsens for West Ham clash LOUIS Van Gaal'S hopes of sorting out Manchester United’s defensive vulnerability have been hit by the absence of four centre halves for Saturday’s home clash with West Ham. Every day get the latest football news and transfer gossip from the Express Register to receive this newsletter Register for email Chris Smalling (thigh) and Jonny Evans (ankle) have joined Phil Jones (hamstring) on the injury list while Tyler Blackett is suspended following his dismissal in the shambolic 5-3 defeat at Leicester on Sunday. With another centre half Michael Keane on loan at Burnley and Michael Carrick, who has been used as an emergency centre half in the past, still injured, Van Gaal will be forced to play left back Marcos Rojo and one of his defensive midfielders Daley Blind or Darren Fletcher as his centre back pairing with Luke Shaw coming in for his debut at left back. The Manchester United boss will also call youth team players Pa ...
[Picture] Darren Fletcher celebrates his goal with Phil Jones.
UNDERSTANDING Van Gaal'S 3–5–2 FORMATION. Van Gaal's philosophy to start play from back to front (goalkeeper to attack) is rigid and extremely defined, consisting of four primary layers: 1) The first phase is construction of the attack from defence. Playing out from the back, starting with the goalkeeper. 2) Ball circulation throughout midfield is the secondary layer, enticing defenders out of position and causing disorganisation. 3) Creating chances in the final third having patiently maintained possession of the ball in midfield. 4) Finishing off attacking moves efficiently, with focus on proficient placement of shots. The ball is passed to either of the three central defenders, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans, who are ordered to fan out across the full width of the pitch. Ander Herrera (or Tom Cleverley) roams close to the defence in the initial build-up, making himself available for a pass should a centre-back be closed down, while Darren Fletcher (or Michael Carrick/ Fellaine/ Nick Pow ...
Manchester United beat Inter 5-3 on penalties after their International Champions Cup clash finished goalless. The Red Devils scored each of their penalties, with captain Darren Fletcher converting the decisive kick after Marco Andreolli rattled his effort off the crossbar. Manager Louis Van Gaal made four changes to the starting XI that played Roma on Saturday, with Anders Lindegaard, Chris Smalling, Fletcher and Ashley Young returning to the line-up. United came close to breaking the deadlock in the 10th minute with defender Phil Jones, he stooped low to direct his header towards the bottom corner of the net but Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic got his hand to the ball and denied Jonny Evans on the rebound in a goal-mouth scramble. There were few clear-cut chances throughout the first half, though Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Danny Welbeck cut the Italians apart with a thrilling passing move, only for Mata’s low cross to be cut out before it reached Rooney. Wilfried Zaha was the only player in United ...
Player Ratings: Manchester United 0-0 Inter Milan Anders Lindegaard - Didn’t really have any saves to make, but his distribution and first touch was poor in comparison to De Gea’s. 5/10 Phil Jones - Won headers, passed the ball forward well and looked solid. 7/10 Chris Smalling - Tried as the middle centre-back and looked much more comfortable. 7/10 Jonny Evans - Didn’t give the Inter Milan forward line a sniff. Forming an excellent partnership alongside Smalling & Jones. 7/10 Antonio Valencia - Played well as the right-wingback. Ran up and down all day, and put in some decent crosses. 6/10 Darren Fletcher - Bossed the middle of the park which is what you expect from your captain. Scored the winning penalty, too. Man of the Match. 9/10 Ander Herrera - His one touch football was wonderful to watch, and you appreciate just how much ground he covers over ninetey minutes. 8/10 Ashley Young - Did well as the left-wingback. His crossing was on point and he looked threatening. 7/10 Juan Mata - Picked some ...
Manchester United's successful Tour 2014, presented by Aon, continued with a penalty shoot-out victory after Louis Van Gaal's men were held to a goalless draw by Inter Milan. Ashley Young, Javier Hernandez, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa and Darren Fletcher all converted from the spot to complete a full set of kicks for the Reds – playing in the new blue third kit for the first time – while Marco Andreolli's miss for Inter proved pivotal at the FedEx Field, home of NFL legends Washington Redskins. Van Gaal started with his three senior centre-backs all on the pitch, with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones switching to the middle and right respectively, while Jonny Evans retained the left-sided role in which he began the tour against LA Galaxy. Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia took up the wing-back positions, with Ander Herrera and again-captain Darren Fletcher allowing Juan Mata to support Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck. The man who Evans, Jones and Smalling are all striving to replace, Inter's new no.15 Ne ...
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Manchester United's team for the game against Bayern Munich appears to have leaked, according to the Daily Mirror, with Rio Ferdinand dropped from the side. Chris Smalling takes the place of the veteran defender at centre-back, while Phil Jones is at right-back, and Shinji Kagawa starts in the hole, with Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck out wide. There is also a place for Darren Fletcher, who partners Michael Carrick in midfield. The reported team in full: De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Carrick, Fletcher; Valencia, Kagawa, Welbeck; Rooney.
Bayern Munich vs Manchester United: Team News and Injury Updates Manchester United travel to Germany on Wednesday night with the knowledge they need to score at least once to advance to the next stage of the Champions League. United showed they were no pushovers in the 1-1 draw between themselves and Bayern Munich last week, but they will need an even bigger performance to topple the European Champions on their own patch. They will, however, be boosted by the news that Wayne Rooney trained on Tuesday after bruising his toe, with the forward expected to start the game. Marouane Fellaini and Rafael missed the session and both remain doubts for the match, with Robin Van Persie definitely out after picking up an injury against Olympiakos in the last round. In Fellaini's absence, manager David Moyes could opt for Phil Jones in midfield to offer the necessary energy to close Bayern's creative players down, though Darren Fletcher could be in contention to partner Michael Carrick instead. Juan Mata is ineligible ...
Players i want out of Man United: Ryan Giggs, Patrice Evra, Ashley Young, Anders Lindegaard, Rio Ferdinand and Darren Fletcher. Players who should improve improve their game are: Danny Welbeck, Shinji Kagawa, Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Antonio Valencia and Chris Smalling. players who should be hailed are: Wayne Rooney, David De Gea, Phil Jones, Rafael Pereira Da Silva, Adnan Januzaj, Juan Mata and Jonny Evans.
It’s a simple plan that we fall for every time - How to beat Arsenal? 1. Set your team up with 2 Defensive centre midfielders and fast forwards who press Arsenal high. 2. Plan to always not let Arsenal get into any rhythm with passing – tackle tackle tackle. 3. Wait for the error as Arsenal will always play the same way – through the thirds slowly with small players who cannot evade the press. 4. Score the first goal – Arsenal rarely come back and will capitulate and lose their shape. 5. Play fast transition football as Arsenal have too many players who can’t run. 6. Keep pressing and enjoy your win sleepy Arsenal will allow it. Fergie did it many times using Darren Fletcher and Anderson to kick us. David Moyes beat us this season at OT by putting Phil Jones in centre midfield. Brendan Rodgers used Henderson and Joe Allen, not superstars but given specific roles to press and unsettle. City used Yaya Toure and Fernandinho and pushed on Pablo Zabaleta to transition against us fast. Finally everyon ...
Reds' national service Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher could make his return to the Scotland national side next week after the Reds midfielder earned his first call-up since 2012. Fletcher is in line to play a part in his nation’s match against Poland in Warsaw on Wednesday as he joins as a host of United players involved in international friendlies. With World Cup qualifiers boxed off in November, Scotland’s neighbours England will take on Denmark at Wembley as manager Roy Hodgson aims to give his men valuable playing time ahead of the 2014 showpiece tournament in Brazil. Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling, Danny Welbeck, Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley have all been selected to represent the Three Lions, but Phil Jones misses out through injury. Robin Van Persie and Patrice Evra could come up against one another when France take on the Netherlands in what could be an entertaining affair between two former World Cup finalists. Elsewhere, having recovered from wrist and groin injuries, Marouane Fell ...
Last Monday, the official Manchester United website released an article publicising the possible candidates for the role of captain from the season 2014/15. The article consisted of 5 possible candidates: David De Gea, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Wayne Rooney and Darren Fletcher. At first reaction, it seemed brutal in seeing Robin Van Persie as a main nominee, but as Leonardo Di Caprio so timely proved on Sunday night at the BAFTAs, something as little as a blown kiss to the camera seals the win for just being that fantastic, even without a prize to showboat at the end of it. Similarly, Robin Van Persie has also proven that a trail leaving the words ‘awe-struck’ visible on foreheads sometimes can be just as phenomenal, even if it means that he may not be the leading man at the end of the tunnel, hand on hips, first to absorb the warmth of the Old Trafford crowd. And then I read: “The opinions expressed in this article are personal to the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of Manchester ...
Manchester United have released the list of nominees for the next captaincy role, now that it's confirmed current skipper Nemanja Vidic is to quit the club at the end of the season. It's a common that more senior players like Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Ryan Giggs are to follow Vidic out of the club come season end. It might seem strange to others that Robin Van Persie is not on that list of nominees. The nominees are Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones, Darren Fletcher, Jonny Evans and David De Gea.. In your own view, who deserves the famous Red Devil arm-band at Old Trafford once Vidic le
Who shall be the next captain of Manchester United? With the news of our captain Nemanja Vidic leaving us in the summers and well as Rio Ferdinand, who do you think should be our next captain? The options picked by the official Man Utd site are: David De Gea, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher & Wayne Rooney. And of course, Wayne Rooney is the favourite as of now. What is your choice?
Moyes made a schoolboy error today! Michael Carrick had to drop to Centre Half for Phil Jones common sense tells me to bring on Darren Fletcher a like for like midfielder but Moysie brings on the Fresh Prince of belair Danny Welbeck and drops Wayne Rooney into a deep defensive midfield role!! Now can someone please explain to me why that was the case??
Ji Sun Park, Anderson, Darren Fletcher and now Phil Jones have all played the "Hare" role at UTD well on big occasions at some point in time
Phil Jones can give Manchester United a midfield presence that's been missing since the days of Roy Keane Our man in Manchester, David McDonnell, on why United's Mr. Versatility is can make the defensive midfielder position his own at Old Trafford Midfield general: Phil Jones excelled in the middle of the park against Arsenal When Sir Alex Ferguson, towards the end of his Manchester United reign last season, claimed Phil Jones could become the club's greatest-ever player , there was much sniggering and rolling of eyes. Set against such iconic names as Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best, Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo, and their laudable achievements, it seemed absurd to entertain the notion that Jones could even be mentioned in the same breath. Although a competent, diligent and hard-working player, Jones lacks the flair and bewitching qualities of those more illustrious names that have pulled on the famous United shirt in the past and captivated fans all over the world. As such, Ferguson may ...
Manchester United - Chelsea Preview: Both sides looking to bounce back from European defeats- The Red Devils will be out for blood after their controversial Champions League exit, while the Blues go to Old Trafford having not scored an FA Cup goal at the ground since 1963 Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to make a number of changes to the side that lost to Real Madrid on Tuesday, with Wayne Rooney – surprisingly dropped against Los Blancos – expected to come back into the starting XI. Don't Miss Chris Smalling has started all of Manchester United’s FA Cup matches this campaign, and could partner Jonny Evans in the centre of defence. Antonio Valencia, Anderson and, hat-trick hero against Norwich, Shinji Kagawa should also all return to the side. Phil Jones (ankle) remains sidelined, while Paul Scholes (knee) is a doubt for the match. Midfield enforcer Darren Fletcher (illness) is out for the remainder of the season. Rafa Benitez left Juan Mata on the bench in the Europa League last 16 match against Steaua ...
STAT ATTACK: 1.Wayne Rooney and Gonzalo Higuain have never been caught Offside this season !! 2.Real Madrid will wear their green kit this time.They have never lost in European competition in green kit. 3.After drawing the first leg,Real Madrid have won 2nd leg only 1 out of 8 times. 4.Today's match can mark Ryan Giggs' 1000 professional appearance,a rare feat indeed. 5.Paul Scholes,Phil Jones and Darren Fletcher all ruled out from Manchester United side. 6.Iker Casillas doubtful for tonight's clash.Don't know why he was brought with the team. 7.According to press,today's clash can break record for highest football match viewership !!
Chelsea 1-3 Manchester United (Premier Division) Man Utd had their midfield to thank on a hard and bouncy surface at Stamford Bridge as they showed their strikers how to finish. Things did not get off to a good start for Chelsea as experienced midfielder Michael Carrick seized on an error by Ashley Cole to score a well timed close range finish. Chelsea's equaliser came through Hatem Ben Arfa as he seized on Darren Fletcher's mistake to score a deftly executed finish from close range. An error from Chelsea's John Obi Mikel allowed wonderkid Phil Jones to score a real poacher's effort from 10 metres. Winger Wayne Rooney finally rounded off their victory on 77 minutes with a deftly executed finish. Player of the Match: Michael Carrick (Man Utd) Attendance: 41,798
Match Preview: Wigan Athletic vs Manchester United “Wigan are a tough team to play against. They play with a different system to what we’re used to and they play it well.” (Ryan Giggs) Wayne Rooney, Nani and Anderson will remain on the sidelines. Sir Alex Ferguson should be able to call on the services of Rafael and Phil Jones after injury. After looking jaded in the latter stages against West Brom, Michael Carrick could be rested – Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher and Paul Scholes will be on standby. Nemanja Vidic and Shinji Kagawa unlikely to play 2 games in quick succession on return from injury. Javier Hernandez likely to start. Predicted line-up: De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Fletcher, Scholes, Young, Hernandez, Van Persie Away record: P10 W7 D1 L2 F22 A15 Pts22 Away form: W W L W W D
Fletch: Squad is strong Darren Fletcher feels United are blessed with the strongest squad in the Barclays Premier League. The Reds currently sit six points clear despite another campaign punctuated by injuries, and Scotland captain Fletcher feels strength in depth is the reason the rest of the division are currently trailing. "We always feel we have the strongest squad," Fletcher told PA Sport. "In terms of starting XI and strength in depth we have a real quality squad. There is so much competition for places. "Some of the matches on the training ground are really intense because everyone wants to play and be involved. That is great for the manager. When you get the number of injuries we have had, especially in defence, it is important you have a big squad. "The fact Chris and Phil Jones are coming back, Nemanja is coming back. We have a strong, fit squad with a lot of choices. I think it is the strongest squad around." Fletcher is one of a variety of midfielders at Sir Alex Ferguson's disposal, and he co ...
"Alex Ferguson will be without Anderson, Antonio Valencia and Nani through injury. Tom Cleverley is almost certainly out with the calf injury he sustained during the Champions League defeat to Cluj. With Shinji Kagawa also still unfit, Ferg uson has Phil Jones, Ryan Giggs or Paul Scholes to start alongside Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher. It is a far-from-ideal preparation for United as they seek to avenge the misery inflicted upon them in the league by City last season."
Darren Fletcher and Paul Scholes have not made the trip to Portugal, while Phil Jones, Shinji Kagawa and Nemanja Vidic are all out injured.*
Alex Ferguson confirms there are no injury concerns apart from Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.He emphasised that Robin Van Persie and Shinji Kagawa are all available for selection tomorrow,including Johnny Evans and Darren Fletcher will be in the 18-man squad.news::
An interesting article , have a look. your thoughts ??? Recently it's been more common to see strikers being linked to Manchester United, but do United need another forward ? For example, people want Jan Klass Huntelaar, but at 28, the only other forward he would be younger than is the departing Berbatov, 31. We don't need to look for a fourth striker and we have Will Keane, though injured, rising up the ranks. I'd prefer United to look at further reinforcing the midfield. Someone who can play behind Kagawa and alongside either Carrick, Scholes or even Modric, possibly. These three players are either too slow, too small or can't tackle. Darren Fletcher's football future is in doubt and I'd prefer Phil Jones' focus to be on becoming the world's best centre back. So, let's take a look at three players that can add some power and grit to United's midfield. The obvious choice, with his reputation and proven talent, for the defensive midfielder role is Daniele De Rossi. Although pricey and unlikely to wear the ...
Man United face book supporters wrote:Man City v Man United | Team News:Owen, Nani and Evans picked up knocks while training yesterday but should be fit. So long-term absentees Nemanja Vidic, Darren Fletcher, Lindegaard, Paul Pogba and Anderson are the only players missing.Phil Jones or Chris Smalling could replace Rafael at right-backManchester United (from): De Gea, Amos, Rafael, Jones, Smalling, Ferdinan...
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