Football

Jones' career at United has been plagued by injury.

Phil Jones to partner Chris Smalling at Man Utd next season - Twitter reacts

Published 37 Comments

Football News
24/7

Wholesale changes were widely expected upon Jose Mourinho's arrival at Manchester United.

The maverick Portuguese is renowned for his ruthless approach to management, with his treatment of Juan Mata at Chelsea proof of just how strong-minded he is.

And he's taken no time at all to make a number of much-needed amendments at Old Trafford having signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly.

SIGN UP NOW

Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4

Article continues below

Further arrivals and departures appear imminent, but a particular topic of interest recently has been how Mourinho will line up his defence next season, specifically at centre-back.

Chris Smalling and Daley Blind was Louis van Gaal's first-choice partnership last term but with Bailly and Phil Jones now available for selection, it would seem change is afoot.

Article continues below

And you would be correct for thinking that, but what Mourinho has in mind isn't quite what you would expect.

According to the Guardian, the 53-year-old has told Smalling and Jones they will be his first-choice pairing for the 2016/17 term.

Predictably, United fans have reacted to the news and they're largely unimpressed.

TWITTER REACTS

Opting for a Smalling-Jones partnership is certainly a strange move from Mourinho given he recently splashed out £30 million on a new centre-back.

Quite how the Portuguese plans to integrate Bailly - a highly-rated 22-year-old - remains to be seen.

There can be no doubting Jones and Smalling's potential and ability yet history suggests, like United's fans point out, that the defensive pair are prone to mistakes when played alongside each other.

Manchester United v Manchester City - Premier League

Given how unpredictable a character Mourinho is, though, there's every chance his mind will change before United's clash with Bournemouth on the opening day of the new season.

Further alterations can most definitely be expected over the course of the next month as the former Chelsea boss seeks to build a title-winning squad at Old Trafford.

Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi continued to be linked with moves, whilst the likes of Juan Mata, Daley Blind and Marouane Fellaini face uncertain futures.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Wayne Rooney
Football
Premier League
Cristiano Ronaldo
David Beckham
Manchester United
UEFA Champions League
Europa League
Jose Mourinho

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again