Phil Jones: Manchester United not ecstatic with fourth-place finish

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Manchester United have secured a place in the Champions League play-offs but defender Phil Jones is not delighted with the club's fourth-place finish.

Phil Jones insists Manchester United are 'satisfied but not ecstatic' about finishing fourth in the Premier League.

The Old Trafford outfit scraped over the line of a Champions League qualification spot and were helped by Liverpool's recent turn in form.

Even United tailed off since their 4-2 derby win over Manchester City in April, winning one game in six and scoring only two goals in those fixtures.

23-year-old Jones insists that United must improve next season after achieving their minimum requirement of a fourth-place finish.

Louis van Gaal's aim was to take the Reds back into Europe's elite competition after a year's absence following a dismal time under former manager David Moyes.

"I think the season has been successful," Jones told the Mirror.

"It was never going to be easy, it is always difficult when you have a change of manager, but I think we have done well.

“We are not kidding ourselves. We are not absolutely ecstatic about finishing in fourth - that is not the case at all.

“We are satisfied at finishing fourth and the aim was to finish in that position at least at the start of the season. We have done what we needed to do in a way but we need to improve upon that next season.

“We tried to qualify for the Champions League this season and we have done that, albeit with a difficult qualifying game to come. But we will be ready for that."

The England international has a point as a club of Manchester United's stature is renowned for celebrating Premier League titles and competing with Europe's best in the Champions League.

That changed following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and when United appointed David Moyes. Expectations dropped and now they have a respected manager whose job is to bring back the glory days and have United competing again.

It will be an interesting transfer window for Manchester United. The club are expected to spend similar amounts to last season in order to better the squad and reach greater heights.

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