Jose Mourinho declared himself happy with his squad when the transfer window slammed shut on August 31, but it looks like he's already made one decision when it comes to planning for the next window in January.
Considering the Red Devils' recent run of poor form you might think it would concern a new arrival to help the team kick on in the new year. However, according to a report from the Sun on Monday, it actually involves dumping a player who's future in Manchester once looked very bright.
Per the Sun's Daniel Cutts, United are ready to cut their losses on Phil Jones and have already decided to sell the crocked defender in the new year.
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It is believed Jones' huge £110,000-per-week wages, and the potential £10 million wind fall his sale would provide, have pushed him towards the Old Trafford exit door as the Portuguese looks to invest in his defence.
There was some talk that Jones would leave during the summer but that never materialised. However, with the 24-year-old yet to take the field in a competitive game under Mourinho due to a knee ligament injury, he has been unable to convince his manager that he should be in United's first team plans.
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Again per the Sun, his impending exit appears to have alerted the attention of not one, but two of the Red Devils' rivals; Arsenal and Liverpool.
"Jose is looking to offload Jones. They have reached the end of the line with him.
“Arsenal have asked about him in the past along with Chris Smalling, and they are keeping an eye on his situation.
"He cannot stay fit and that is why United tried to sign Jose Fonte from Southampton in the summer."
Arsenal were one of the those clubs said to be interested in Jones over the summer, but ultimately signed Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia. Liverpool, meanwhile, appeared to have unearthed a bargain in Joel Matip.
As such, it is unclear just how serious either club would be about recruiting Jones in January.
Whatever does lie in the defender's future, it looks increasingly likely that it won't involve United.
Once heralded by Sir Alex Ferguson as a player capable of becoming the Old Trafford club's greatest ever player, it looks like Jones' time at the club is going to end in rather subdued circumstances.
As for his immediate future? The centre-back is still at least three weeks away from returning to training.
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