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(Reuters) - Manchester United were a "laughing stock" at the start of the season but deserve to be taken seriously now after Saturday's win over Fulham lifted them into the Premier League's top four, defender Phil Jones has said.

Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had brought a "positivity" to the club after Jose Mourinho's departure and while United were not the finished article they were moving in the right direction, he added.

"It was tough for everyone involved, we might have been a bit of a laughing stock at the start of the season, but certainly not now," Jones told reporters after United's 3-0 win.

"We've proven that in the last 10 or 12 games. Everyone's got to take us seriously now."

United were 11 points off the top four when Solskjaer took charge in December and, having won eight of their last nine Premier League games, they moved back into the Champions League spots for the first time since the opening weekend.

The club are undefeated since Solskjaer's appointment, winning 10 of 11 games in all competitions, and Jones attributed the run to the different approach under the Norwegian.

"(There's) just a positivity about the place to grind results out when we're not playing well, to play forward, to play with intent and purpose," said Jones, who extended his contract until 2023 last week.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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1 Manchester City MAC 65 27 21 2 4 74 20 +54 65
2 Liverpool LIV 65 26 20 5 1 59 15 +44 65
3 Tottenham Hotspur TOT 60 26 20 0 6 54 25 +29 60
4 Manchester United MUN 51 26 15 6 5 52 35 +17 51
5 Arsenal ARS 50 26 15 5 6 53 37 +16 50
6 Chelsea CHE 50 26 15 5 6 45 29 +16 50
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers WOL 39 26 11 6 9 34 33 +1 39
8 Watford WAT 37 26 10 7 9 34 34 0 37
9 Everton EVE 33 27 9 6 12 36 39 -3 33
10 West Ham United WES 33 26 9 6 11 32 39 -7 33
11 AFC Bournemouth BOU 33 26 10 3 13 37 47 -10 33
12 Leicester City LEI 32 26 9 5 12 31 34 -3 32
13 Crystal Palace CRY 27 26 7 6 13 27 34 -7 27
14 Brighton & Hove Albion BRI 27 26 7 6 13 28 39 -11 27
15 Burnley BUR 27 26 7 6 13 29 47 -18 27
16 Newcastle United NEW 25 26 6 7 13 22 34 -12 25
17 Cardiff City CAR 25 26 7 4 15 24 47 -23 25
18 Southampton SOU 24 26 5 9 12 28 44 -16 24
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