Phil Jones: Jose Mourinho has given Manchester United players confidence

by Tanveer Arayan

Phil Jones insists Jose Mourinho is the reason why Manchester United have been performing so well this season, as the Portuguese boss has given the squad much more confidence.

Man United have claimed their first major piece of silverware following last weekend’s spectacular EFL Cup final triumph over Southampton at Wembley.

Mourinho has become the first manager in the club’s history to land a trophy in his first campaign in charge, and the players are feeling the impact of his tactics.

Speaking about Mourinho, Jones claims the momentum the squad are carrying all comes from Mourinho.

“I trained a couple of days before the final but it came too soon. I was gutted about it but these things happen in football,” he said.

“I was buzzing after the game. The lads dug deep. It probably wasn’t the best we’ve played but when people look back they just see that we won a trophy.

“We’ve done that before over the years and showed that again on Sunday.

“We are in every competition. We are in the Europa League and have a tough tie away to Rostov. It won’t be easy, but we are confident.

“We have a tough FA Cup tie at Chelsea and in the league we need to make ground on those above us, capitalise on those who slip up.

“But winning that first trophy, it can only add to the confidence levels in the camp. We were already confident but this should spur us on going into the next games.

“We have a lot of games coming up because we are still in every competition – but at a club like Manchester United it should be this way. We are looking forward to it.

“The manager has given everyone a lot of confidence, including those who maybe didn’t play as many minutes last season.

“When you do that, you see it in training and in games, if you’re enjoying your football.”

Man United are still in the FA Cup quarter-finals, have reached the last 16 of the Europa League and currently sit within touching distance of the Premier League top four, with an opportunity to move out of sixth place in the clash against Bournemouth this weekend.

Jose Mourinho’s men have lost just one of their last 25 outings and hopes are they can carry the boost from winning the League Cup into their upcoming fixtures.

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