Jones talks up United squad, ‘big Rom’ and ‘Victor’

Date published: Wednesday 19th July 2017 8:50

Phil Jones believes that Manchester United’s squad is “definitely a lot stronger” ahead of the upcoming season.

United will compete in the Champions League after something of a mixed campaign last year.

The club finished sixth in the Premier League, but won the Europa League and League Cup in Jose Mourinho’s first year.

Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof have since arrived for a combined £105m, with Ivan Perisic expected to eventually join them.

Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier is another target, but Jones believes the squad right now is good enough to compete.

“We’re definitely a lot stronger this year,” Jones said. “We’ve recruited well, big Rom up front is a threat, handful. Victor has come in and looks like he’s been here for five years now. We’re positive and looking forward to it.

“There is strength in depth and that’s what we need. That’s what the manager thought we needed. He’s recruited well, we’re all working well and gelling well and looking forward to the start of the season but we’ve got some big games first.

“I think slowly but surely we’re getting the winning mentality back. It’s taken time but I think we are getting there now. Hopefully this season every time another team steps out at Old Trafford they know they are in for a tough time. I think we have seen that last season, albeit we drew too many at home. But we will put that right this season and we are looking forward to it.

“Definitely that has given us the foundation to try and win the title again. That’s what we need to do this season. Last season was disappointing in the league but we won the Europa League so that wasn’t bad. This year we definitely have to start challenging for the title. There’s no question about it but I think we can definitely do it with this squad.

“Whoever I’ve played under – Ferguson, Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Mourinho – if I’ve been fit then the majority of the time I’ve played. If there’s competition from other players, there’s competition. There are some terrific defenders at the club. That’s the way it should be as well. You want to test yourself against the best and with the best and that’s what we’ve got.”

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