Cape Town - Manchester
United defender Phil Jones has revealed that the consistent criticism of the
squad this season has spurred them into the top four of the Premier League.
The 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday gave the
fourth-placed Red Devils some breathing room in the Champions League places by
opening a five-point gap to the Merseyside club in fifth.
"People criticising does spur you on," Jones said.
"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 have been well aware of the criticism we have had.
"We are professionals and we are in a job where people
have an opinion about you and 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."
Jones and center-back partner Chris Smalling in particular
have come in for some harsh remarks, but the pair performed well at Anfield.
"It has been difficult for us," said Jones.
"It had been documented that me and Chris were going to be the next
centre-backs at United but it has not gone how we would have liked it.
"Somebody told me the other day that we have actually
only played alongside each other about four times in four seasons.
"You cannot build a partnership on four games.
"Hopefully now we have had back-to-back games together
we can keep it going and keep playing well together. We complement each other