Man United were a ‘laughing stock’ under Mourinho – Jones

Phil Jones said Manchester United were a “laughing stock” under Jose Mourinho this season, but the Red Devils are “now heading in the right direction” with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the helm.

Mourinho was sacked in December amid United’s poor run of form and reports of dressing-room unrest – star midfielder Paul Pogba at the centre of discontent in Manchester.

After Saturday’s 3-0 victory over lowly Fulham, United loom as a legitimate threat in the Champions League ahead of Tuesday’s first-leg last-16 fixture at home to Paris Saint-Germain and centre-back Jones is feeling confident.

“Everyone’s got to take us seriously now,” said Jones, who signed a new four-year deal with United this week.

“We might have been a bit of a laughing stock at the beginning of the season but we’re certainly not now. We’ve proven that in the last 10 or 12 games. We’re improving, we’re still getting better.

“It was tough for everyone involved. The club, the supporters, everyone. But it’s about becoming stronger and seeing that through.

“I’ve said it in the past, we’ve not achieved anything yet, we’re under no illusions but we’re heading in the right direction.”

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