Manchester United defender Phil Jones believes Louis van Gaal's side are not yet out of the Premier League title race, despite the fact they are already ten points behind leaders Chelsea after the opening eight games.
The Red Devils star's quotes - taken from an exclusive interview with Sky Sports - came ahead of Sunday's forthcoming encounter at Old Trafford, where Jose Mourinho's side will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table, whilst also maintaining their unbeaten start to the 2014/15 campaign.
Victory for the Blues will widen the gap between themselves and Manchester United to a staggering 13 points, so Jones knows that it's imperative the hosts avoid defeat, otherwise his outrageous comments are going to look even more delusional.
"I think we've got to try and aspire to do that [win the Premier League title]," said Jones.
"I mean, some people will probably look at that and think ‘well, how can you say that?’ but you know we believe in what we’re doing. We believe in the philosophy the manager always drums into us.
“When things are going bad at Manchester United, everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon because ultimately we’ve been that club that everyone’s aspired to be in recent years, so when it’s not going so great, it’s difficult.
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“But we have to try and brush that aside, and that’s not going to stand in our way in moving forward."
Work in progress
Jones believes that Manchester United have made some progress since the season opener against Swansea City, and says that once all of the club's summer signings have settled he and his team-mates will be a force to be reckoned with.
The proof will ultimately be where they finish at the end of 2014/15, but Van Gaal's side can certainly lay down a marker with a positive result against Chelsea today.
"We’re improving. It’s not going to happen overnight. We’re not foolish enough to say ‘we’re going to click our fingers and it’s going to be as good as new’.
"We’ve got a lot of new players in the squad. It is going to take time, but we feel we’re improving game by game and we’ve got to keep improving and keep going forward in the right direction."
The £17 million signing hasn't exactly enjoyed the level of consistent success he perhaps expected since joining from Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 2011, but his aspirations for the future are clearly unaffected by the collective difficulties experienced in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era.
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