Manchester United utility Phil Jones believes the ‘hate’ his club garner from rival fans is inspiring the Red Devils to climb the Premier League ladder.
The Old Trafford outfit were slow out of the blocks at the start of the season but are now unbeaten in nine matches across all competitions.
And United’s recent good form helped them to secure one of their biggest wins of the season when they defeated league leaders Arsenal 1-0 last weekend.
The resulting three points moved United into the top five while giving the squad belief they are taking a “step in the right direction”.
"It [the victory over Arsenal] proves when people doubt us we are more than capable of standing up for ourselves and proving to people that is why we were champions last season," Jones told the Guardian. "We weren't champions for nothing. This is a step in the right direction going into a busy period.
"People want us to fail because we have won the league so many times. United won the league long before I was here.
“Everyone hates the best clubs, it is as simple as that. We enjoy that. We relish the test we get thrown at us week in, week out."