Jose Mourinho’s side are looking to end 2017-18 with silverware in the form of the FA Cup, before kicking on into the next campaign
Phil Jones believes Manchester United are “moving in the right direction” despite what the club’s many critics would like to suggest.
Despite securing a runner-up finish in the Premier League and making their way through to the FA Cup final, the Red Devils have once again faced accusations of flopping in 2017-18.
More is expected of a side which enjoyed domestic dominance for so long under Sir Alex Ferguson, with questions being asked of a supposed defensive brand of football which lacks ambition.
Jones is used to the detractors by now, having spent seven years at Old Trafford, and believes there are signs of encouragement for United heading forward.
He told ESPN FC ahead of a Wembley date with Chelsea on Saturday: “Success for Manchester United is winning the Premier League, adding another trophy and having another good cup run is another one.
“I think finishing second and winning the FA Cup would probably be satisfactory for Manchester United, but we always want to win more.
“It means we are moving in the right direction. We will always have our critics because we are Manchester United. It has been like that since I have been here.”
Jones has faced criticism himself at times during the current campaign, but is hoping to end 2017-18 on a high by securing more major silverware.
He played no part in Community Shield, EFL Cup and Europa League successes last season, while also sitting out an FA Cup triumph in 2016, but is determined to right those wrongs against Chelsea.
A man also hoping to receive a call into England’s World Cup 2018 squad added: “The [FA Cup final] under Van Gaal, I wasn’t playing, so that was OK – not OK, but reasonable.
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“The Europa League final, I got a daft, silly injury at a stupid time. I thought I wouldn’t be fit for the final, then it came and I was, but the manager is probably thinking I had only just come back, could he trust my fitness in a game of that magnitude?
“You are disappointed but at the same time, you understand.
“Hopefully I have a chance of starting in the final. I don’t know. It is the manager’s decision. But hopefully I have put my name forward and will be one of the names on the team sheet.”