Louis van Gaal explains absence of Man United man at Crystal Palace
Phil Jones has been struggling for fitness and missed Manchester United's trip to Crystal Palace as a result
Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Phil Jones sat out Saturday’s goalless draw with Crystal Palace due to not being deemed match fit.
The England international suffered from mild thrombosis at the start of the season but had featured in United’s last three games against Everton, CSKA Moscow and Manchester City.
However, the defender was left out of the matchday squad for Saturday’s trip to Selhurst Park due to being “in the red zone” in terms of his fitness.
United tweeted on Saturday:
Phil Jones misses out today due to being in the ‘red zone’ in terms of his fitness, says Louis van Gaal. #mufc
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 31, 2015
Jones has made three Premier League appearances for United this season after missing the opening weeks of the campaign.
United turn their attentions back to the Champions League on Tuesday night when they take on CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford.
The Red devils, who are four points behind leaders and local rivals Manchester City in the table, then host West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League next Saturday afternoon.