Manchester United star Phil Jones has admitted that his side are the subject of hatred from the majority of supporters of other clubs, according to the Express.
The starlet played a full 90 minutes during the Red Devils' crucial 1-0 victory over Arsenal at the weekend, and revealed that he felt people were hoping to see the Premier League champions fail this season.
United are appearing to look far more assured in recent fixtures than they did during the opening games of the season and now find themselves merely five points away from the top of the table.
Despite garnering heavy criticism throughout a period of relative uncertainty, following the appointment of David Moyes, United are now unbeaten in nine consecutive matches.
And Jones believes that their victory over the Gunners at Old Trafford will have been a spanner in the works for many a neutral fan.
"People want us to fail because we have won the league so many times," Jones said.
"Everyone hates the best clubs, it is as simple as that, and United won the league long before I was here.
"We enjoy that. We relish the test we get thrown at us every week."
And the 21-year-old, who has been the subject of praise following a very efficient defensive performance against the league leaders at the weekend, confirmed that it was a win that he will savour for some time.
"The game needed energy, especially in the middle of the park.
"We needed to close people down and make an effort to win the ball back. We made it really difficult for Arsenal to play.
"It was a great game to be involved in. It was a feisty affair. Tackles were flying in. The crowd were up on their feet. When you get a win like that it just makes it ever so sweet."
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