Nemanja Vidic praised on his United return

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has praised his captain Nemanja Vidic after an excellent performance in the 1-0 win over Everton on Saturday.

The now retired Serbia international has had injury problems throughout the season, and the Premier League champions were thumped 6-1 in his absence by Manchester City last weekend.

The Eastern European centre half returned with a commanding performance at Goodison Park, and Jones is happy to have the side’s defensive talisman available for selection again.

“He is our captain and you don’t want to go without your captain,” the 19-year-old told MUTV.

“The determination and greatness shows and it rubs off on everyone else. We fought defensively as a unit. We have 11 players when we defend, not just four.

“I thought 11 players defended terrifically well when Everton were throwing everything, the kitchen sink, at us at the end. We stood strong as a unit and held together,” he stated.

The positive result was a must after the heavy defeat the week before, and the England man was happy that his team returned to winning ways.

“I think everyone showed what Manchester United are about.

“It was a bad day at the office last week but we have shown fantastic team spirit in training.

“We have picked our heads up quick and this was a massive win. We were delighted in the changing room. It was a tough battle out there, we expected that from Everton,” Jones concluded.

United now host Romanian outfit Otelul Galati in the Champions League on Wednesday, before taking on Sunderland in the league next Saturday.

By Gareth McKnight