Phil Jones slams Man United’s critics

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Manchester United defender Phil Jones says recent performances by Louis van Gaal’s team show that the critics have been wrong about the club this season.

The England defender said that the criticism coming their way from certain quarters has only served to spur the United players on to better things.

Victory over Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday cemented an excellent week for Manchester United.

Coming on top of their 3-0 win over Spurs at Old Trafford, United have now put daylight between themselves and their nearest pursuers in the race for a top-four finish.

With just eight games remaining this season, the Old Trafford club are five points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool and Jones says they are answering the critics in the only way possible.

“We have been well aware of the criticism we have had. We are professionals and we are in a job where people have an opinion about you and they are entitled to it and we just have to get on with it,” Jones said.

“People can assume and predict and it is up to us to prove them all wrong. That is what the lads enjoy doing. We enjoy proving them wrong. So far we have done that.”

United return to action after the international break with a home game against Aston Villa. They are 1.32 to make it five league victories in succession. Villa are 9.69 with the draw 4.68.

Jones is also hoping to build on the momentum of his partnership at the heart of the United defence alongside Chris Smalling.

“Hopefully now we have had back-to-back games together we can keep it going and keep playing well together. We complement each other well,” he added.

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