Phil Jones has admitted he had strong reservations about his Manchester United future under Louis van Gaal.
Jones has emerged as one of Manchester United’s key players this season, the central defender remaining unbeaten in the 12 Premier League games in which he has started since returning to the fold under Jose Mourinho.
The 24-year-old has already made more appearances this season than last, which was marred by injuries and an apparent lack of trust from uncompromising Dutch boss Van Gaal.
Jones played just 37 games across two seasons under the Dutchman, and admits that he had begun to doubt his future at the club as he was not playing often enough.
“The only three (managers to believe in me) were Sam Allardyce, Sir Alex Ferguson and now Jose Mourinho,” he told the Manchester Evening News.
“Jose, this season has just given me so much confidence in training. You make a mistake and it is just a case of ‘so what, get on with it’.
“For whatever reason he (Van Gaal) thought I needed to be fitter. I had no problem with that, I just played the games. I did what I could do to get back in the team and unfortunately it didn’t really work out under him.
“No question there were thoughts about my future. It was in the back of my mind. If you are not playing games that speaks volumes.”