Manchester United defender Phil Jones has said the club were a “laughing stock” under Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho was sacked on Dec. 18 with United 11 points adrift of the Champions League places. However, eight wins from nine under replacement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen the club climb up to fourth place for the first time since the opening day of the season.
And Jones, who signed a contract extension this week, said there had been a complete turnaround in recent weeks.
“Everyone’s got to take us seriously now,” Jones said. “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. Consistency is key in any sport and it’s no different here. We’re putting a run together, we need to keep momentum going and pick up points.”
Stand-in captain Ashley Young said that, despite the impressive form under Solskjaer, the United boss has needed to raise his voice towards the players — much like Sir Alex Ferguson was famous for doing during his time as manager.