Jones also credits Solskjaer for the work that he has done in progressing the club since he returned, initially as caretaker manager, in December 2018, both on and off the pitch. “I think it was exactly what we needed at the time, someone who knew the club,” explains Phil.
“He knew it inside out, won so many things, so that was important. Until the end of that season, it was just about enjoying playing football again. I think we lost enjoying playing, going onto the pitch on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesday nights, whenever it was.
“He definitely brought that back, the lads were smiling, the lads were happy. I’m not saying it wasn’t like that under Jose at all but I’m saying that different styles, managers have different impacts and yeah, he was great. He’s done so well to stamp his authority on the team and get the team to where we are now.”