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Manchester United under Jose Mourinho were 'laughing stock' - Phil Jones

11 February 2019

Solskjaer came in after the sacking of Jose Mourinho and is yet to taste defeat with 10 wins from his opening 11 games in all competitions.

"(There's) just a positivity about the place to grind results out when we're not playing well, to play forward, to play with intent and goal", said Jones, who extended his contract until 2023 last week.

A brace from Paul Pogba and a brilliant solo goal from Anthony Martial earned the Red Devils all three points, taking them up to the fourth spot in the league table for the first time this season. But I think Ole himself will think, "Let's get through February and March and if I'm doing what I'm doing now, I've staked a claim". "Everyone's got to take us seriously now".

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.

"When Ole Gunnar happened, somehow, I nearly felt that Sir Alex had returned", the England star told L'Equipe . "I also understood that this versatility is an asset for me, and for the club". The manner in which they had scrabbled through qualification, losing limply at Valencia in the final group game, made the idea a forlorn one. It's the whole team, it's us together.

"At Manchester United we go into every game thinking we can win it".

Solskjaer, who left in the in-form Marcus Rashford on the bench, commended Pogba's impressive run of performances while preferring not to measure them against his team-mates. The team has become very mentally strong.

The midfielder is putting in numbers that are expected more so from a winger or an attacker but are more importantly the best of his career. "That's the real problem". "You know he's going to be able to contribute and he will contribute, don't worry about that".

"I understand the fans".

"We were very far away, but now we are back in the top four through good results".

Manchester United under Jose Mourinho were 'laughing stock' - Phil Jones