Jones believes critics are waiting for Man Utd to fail

Manchester United defender Phil Jones believes critics are waiting for the defending Premier League champions to fail, ESPN has reported.

United have made an inconsistent start to the defence of the title, with Everton manager David Moyes replacing the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson for the new campaign. Having beaten league leaders Arsenal on Sunday, United are in fifth place, five points adrift of the Gunners.

Jones, meanwhile, feels people are relishing United’s struggles under their new manager, out of jealousy – and he is confident United can use that negativity to turn around their season. “People want us to fail because we have won the league so many times,” Jones said. “Everyone hates the best clubs, it is as simple as that, and United won the league long before I was here.

We enjoy that,” the England international added. “We relish the test we get thrown at us every week. It proves when people doubt us we are more than capable of standing up for ourselves and proving to people that is why we were champions last season. We weren’t champions for nothing. We thoroughly deserved all the points we got last season.

Jones started the win over the Gunners in midfield, having moved to United from Blackburn Rovers in 2011. He has made 80 appearances for the club, scoring three goals, having had only 40 games with Blackburn under his belt before switching to Old Trafford.

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