​Manchester United defender Phil Jones has claimed that the team were a laughing stock under Jose Mourinho, revealing that the club are heading in the right direction since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over the reins.

Mourinho was fired as manager of United following a series of poor results and a tame defeat to Liverpool, and the Norwegian has helped the team go on a winning run that has moved them up to fourth place in the league table.

Jones, who has recently signed a new contract with the club that will keep him until 2023, said that Solskjaer has helped the team move in the right direction.

“Everyone’s got to take us seriously now,” said Jones, according to ​Goal. “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.”

“We knew we could get into the top four. It’s a big statement from where we were. We just need to keep improving and keep picking up points,” said Jones.

The Red Devils are gearing up to play Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, with the team likely to have a good chance of progressing considering that both Neymar and Edinson Cavani are likely to be absent for the first leg.


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