Premier League: David Jones feels Burnley put Manchester United under pressure
Last Updated: 01/09/14 10:15am
David Jones: Burnley midfielder put Manchester United under pressure
David Jones expects Manchester United to improve as the season progresses, but was happy to see Burnley put his former club under pressure.
United have endured a winless start to the season under new manager Louis van Gaal and were held to a 0-0 draw by promoted Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.
Jones, who made four cup appearances for United before leaving in 2007, came close to giving Burnley a shock early lead when he curled a free-kick against the crossbar.
The 29-year-old sensed an edginess in the United ranks and was pleased with Burnley’s approach as Sean Dyche’s side claimed a first point since returning to the top flight.
“There were a lot of top players on the pitch,” said Jones. “We knew it was going to be difficult.
“But they’re going through a bit of a bad time and under pressure after three games.
“That’s the baggage you get as a United player. We wanted to get at them and put them under pressure and we did that.
“If you look at the previous games they’ve been edgy and we wanted to take advantage of that.
“No player at the best of times wants another player in their face, working hard to stop them playing and they definitely wouldn’t have wanted that. It showed early on that they were under pressure.
“There have been significant changes at United over the last 12 months. It’s only three games into this season in the league. I expect them to pick up and be where they usually are.”