PHIL JONES insists he is unfazed by his critics and told his doubters to check out his CV.
The Manchester United defender is one of a number of players at the club to struggle since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
But after penning a new contract last month and with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the helm, he believes the glory days are just around again at Old Trafford.
And the 27-year-old England international is ready to play his part in restoring United to top spot as he insisted the criticism he has endured does not bother him.
Speaking to Goal, Jones said: “I’m lucky, I’m lucky enough that I am strong mentally.
“I know a lot of players will come out and say in the press that it doesn’t bother them and then two minutes later they’ll be on the Daily Mail on their phones, but it genuinely doesn’t bother me.
“I have a wonderful family, wonderful friends and I have a little girl now and I don’t care what people say.
“People can make their own opinions up, ultimately I’ve got another contract at United, I’ve been here for eight or nine years now and I’ve won the Premier League, been to two World Cups, been to a Euros, played in the Champions League, won the Europa League, the FA Cup, so people can talk but ultimately they’re the stats and that’s what I’ve done.”
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Now Jones, who is likely to be part of the United side at Wolves tomorrow in the FA Cup quarter-finals, is hoping to add more silverware to his collection.
And he believes Solskjaer has helped the Red Devils strike fear in to their opponents again as he discussed how close the club are to challenging for the title again.
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Jones said: “When I’ve been asked that question in the past and we were going through a transition phase I always used to say, ‘I don’t think we’re far’, but I genuinely don’t think we’re far away.
“I think we’ve got a really good squad, we’ve got exciting players coming through, we’ve got a good mix of youth and experience and you can see, the way we’re playing, teams fear us again, don’t want to play us again and slowly but surely we’re getting back to our best. We’re still learning, we’re still improving but we’ll get there.”
People can make their own opinions up, ultimately I’ve got another contract at United, I’ve been here for eight or nine years now and I’ve won the Premier League, been to two World Cups, been to a Euros, played in the Champions League, won the Europa League, the FA Cup, so people can talk but ultimately they’re the stats and that’s what I’ve done.”
So are United out of the “transition phase” of the post-Ferguson years?
“I think we are out of that,” declared Jones. “Well, we’re not out of it completely, we’re probably going to add a few more players in the summer, but we’re looking good, we’re looking sharp, we look a threat every time we go forward and like I said, teams fear us again.”