Manchester United’s Phil Jones believes criticism has spurred on the side

After an upturn in form that sees Manchester United on course to finish in the top-four, which looked unlikely a few weeks ago, defender Phil Jones has said the criticism the club received before about their Premier League performances has since spurred them on to finish the season strongly to achieve Champions League football, reports Sky Sports.

Manchester United had dropped points in six of their 10 games in the Premier League against Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur (home), Stoke City, Southampton, West Ham United and Swansea City, before the Red Devils enjoyed four consecutive wins against Sunderland, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur (away) and Liverpool. Their style of play was coming in for criticism from a host of pundits and ex-players, but things have turned around in recent weeks.

Manager Louis van Gaal has masterminded important wins against Tottenham and Liverpool, which took many by surprise, and now they are being tipped to finish in the top-four of the Premier League come May. Winning at Anfield against a Liverpool side who were boasting incredible form has certainly proven their top-four credentials, and Jones is happy to prove the critics wrong.

“People criticising does spur you on. You are always going to get critics. We are at a massive club here at Manchester United and if things aren’t going as well as they should be, then there is always going to be people wanting to have a dig and a pop at you. We are professionals and we are in a job where people have an opinion about you,” he said.

“They are entitled to it and we just have to get on with it. 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.”

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