The 29-year-old centre-back hasn’t played a match for United since an FA Cup clash back in January 2020, with Jones recovering from a long-term knee injury.
Jones, who has been plagued with multiple injuries across the last decade, successfully underwent an operation last summer.
The United player recently made his return to first-team training and has been working hard to regain his fitness levels.
Jones has now pulled no punches towards his critics, saying that he “must be an easy target” for abuse.
Legendary former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson brought the England international to Old Trafford in 2011 from Blackburn Rovers.
Jones has lifted the Premier League title, an FA Cup and a Europa League trophy during his time with the Red Devils.
The ex-Blackburn Rovers man insisted that he is “proud” of his career, but he added that his critics would “still be in their mum’s spare bedroom” when he has retired.
Jones told The Times: “I must be an easy target. Every footballer has a tag and unfortunately mine is, ‘Let’s have a laugh at him.’
“But -- and I say this in the nicest possible way -- I know who’ll have the last laugh. I’m proud of my career and when it finishes and I’m enjoying my life -- and by the way I’m super fortunate that I’ll be able to do that, because footballers are fortunate -- [the keyboard warriors] will still be in their mum’s spare bedroom, sipping Diet Pepsi that’s flat, eating a Pot Noodle, sitting in their boxers, tweeting.”
Jones, who is under United contract until 2023, has come under scathing criticism from the likes of Rio Ferdinand in recent weeks.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still has plans to use Jones in the current Premier League season, despite no date set for his return to the first team.
Jones has ruled out a potential exit from Old Trafford and vowed to fight for his place in the United squad.
“I’ll fight for United until someone tells me, ‘Go somewhere else,’” he said.
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