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Man Utd defender Jones: We'll be contenders next season

Phil Jones believes Manchester United will be title contenders next season.

The Red Devils have fallen back from a second-place finish in the last campaign to be amongst the contenders for a top-four spot.

However, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being handed a three-year contract as manager, Jones thinks United can edge closer to winning their first title since 2013.

Jones said: "I don't think we're far away.

"I think obviously we had a poor start to the season. It's sort of like a story of two halves of the season, really.

"That [challenging for major trophies] is the vision for the players, for the staff, for the fans, everyone involved in this football club.

"It's a wonderful place to play football and that's where we want to get back to.

"We need to knuckle down. We need to play better than we did [against Watford], but we need to keep improving as a team.

"We've not got long left of the season now but let's see where we can go. Then we can recover well in the summer and have a good start to next season.

"I think the fans, the media, everyone can see what he [Solskjaer] has done and how he wants to play since he came, and I think we've shown that in quite a few games.

"It's positive and we're looking forward."

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