The Manchester United footballer says he received a lot of criticism, but he wants to prove haters wrong by playing well.
Midfielder Phil Jones joined Manchester United in 2011, after two years at Blackburn Rovers.
And the footballer says he doesn’t care about criticism or mockery.
“I’m lucky, I’m lucky enough that I am strong mentally,” he told Goal.
“I know a lot of players will come out and say in the press that it doesn’t bother them and then two minutes later they’ll be on the Daily Mail on their phones, but it genuinely doesn’t bother me.”
“I have a wonderful family, wonderful friends and I have a little girl now and I don’t care what people say,” he continued.
“People can make their own opinions up, ultimately I’ve got another contract at United, I’ve been here for eight or nine years now and I’ve won the Premier League, been to two World Cups, been to a Euros, played in the Champions League, won the Europa League, the FA Cup, so people can talk but ultimately they’re the stats and that’s what I’ve done.”
“It’s banter, my mates banter me all the time about it. It is what it is. I’m not too fussed about that either,” he explained.
“My mates send me pictures every single night on the Whatsapp group taking the mick out of me. It’s banter, it is what it is. It doesn’t bother me.”
“When I’ve been asked that question in the past and we were going through a transition phase I always used to say, ‘I don’t think we’re far’, but I genuinely don’t think we’re far away,” he added.
“I think we’ve got a really good squad, we’ve got exciting players coming through, we’ve got a good mix of youth and experience and you can see, the way we’re playing, teams fear us again, don’t want to play us again and slowly but surely we’re getting back to our best. We’re still learning, we’re still improving but we’ll get there.”
— Phil Jones (@PhilJones4) May 12, 2017