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Phil Jones: Manchester United can challenge for Prem title next season

Phil Jones says Manchester United are not that far away from challenging for the Premier League title.

United finished sixth in the table this season, 24 points behind champions Chelsea.

But having lifted the EFL Cup and the Europa League in Jose Mourinho's debut campaign at Old Trafford, Jones, 25, says they are primed for a title tilt.

"There is no doubt that when everyone is fit and everyone is playing well and confident we can take on anyone," Jones told United's official website.

"We're not scared of anyone and we don't look at other clubs and think we're miles away from them, far from it. But we know we can certainly challenge better than we have done this season in the league."

United's hopes of winning a 21st top-flight title were dented by 15 draws this season, more than other team.

Phil Jones believes Manchester United will be stronger next season.

Mourinho's side were held at home 10 times, including stalemates against West Ham, Stoke, Swansea, Burnley and Hull -- all of whom finished in the bottom half of the table.

United also struggled to score goals, finishing with just 54 in the league, one fewer than Bournemouth. Chelsea finished the season with 85 while top scorers Tottenham had 86.

United are expected to spend heavily on two attacking players this summer, but Jones says it will not take much to fix their problems.

And despite recording their lowest league position since David Moyes' disastrous 2013-14 season, the defender says Mourinho's first campaign has been a successful one thanks to the triumphs in the EFL Cup and Europa League, as well as securing a place in next term's Champions League.

"It's been tough at times, especially at home when we've created loads of chances but there has been some goalkeeping heroics or we've made the wrong pass at the key time," Jones said. "But ultimately I think we've had a good season."

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.


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