Published: 09:08 | 11/2/19

Jones: We're no longer a laughing stock

Phil Jones feels Manchester United are being taken seriously again after a difficult start to the season.

United made their worst start to the season in 28 years before parting company with Jose Mourinho, but they have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Having been 11 points off the top four when the Norwegian was appointed, United have won ten of their 11 games under the former striker to climb into the top four.

Jones admits the club were a laughing stock at the start of the season but he believes that is no longer the case after their recent run of good form.

"It was a big game for us. We knew we could get into the top four. It's a big statement from where we were, we just need to keep improving and keep picking up points," Jones said.

"Everyone's got to take us seriously now, you know? OK, we might have been a bit of a laughing stock maybe at the start of the season but certainly not now.

"We've proven that in the last 10 or 12 games. We're improving, still getting better."

Solskjaer is now the favourite to be named permanent manager and Jones feels there is different atmosphere at the club under the Norwegian.

"Yeah, just a positivity about the place to grind results out when we're not playing well, to play forward, to play with intent and purpose and that's exactly what we're going," he said.

"You can see it in every game. We're creating a number of chances and putting them away. It was tough for everyone involved (at the start of the season).

"Everyone at the club, the supporters, everyone. But it's about becoming stronger and seeing that through. I think we have done.

"I've said in the past, we've not achieved anything yet. We're under no illusions of that but we're heading in the right direction."

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