Phil Jones believes Manchester United lacked urgency in their 1-0 defeat at the hands of CFR Cluj, the final group game of this season’s Champions League.
United had already secured qualification before the game – something they dramatically failed to manage last year – and Sir Alex Ferguson fielded a young side.
Jones played at rightback, his first start since returning from injury, and he felt United were unlucky to concede a ‘wonder goal’ – scored by Luis Alberto.
“We were probably missing a little bit of urgency in the first half, but I think we had that in the second half,” he said.
“Cluj were difficult to break down but we created enough chances, enough to win two games, and we put enough balls into the box.
“We just couldn’t stick our chances away while it was unfortunate they scored a wonder goal. These things happen.”
Youngster Scott Wootton was selected alongside Jones at the back on Wednesday night and was delighted to be involved, despite the result.
It was only Wootton’s fourth senior appearance for the Reds and the 21-year-old, who has enjoyed loan spells at Peterborough United and Nottingham Forest, relished the experience.
“It felt great, it’s another first team start and I’m delighted about that,” he said.
“But obviously the main thing is the team and we are all disappointed that we lost the game, even though we’d already qualified.”