Jump directly to the content

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.

DREAM TEAM

Your Sun

A News UK Company
TOP
Small change

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho plotting defensive shakeup with ‘Phil Jones and Chris Smalling set to be axed’

Reports suggest the England duo's days at Old Trafford are numbered with Leicester's Harry Maguire a potential replacement

Jose Mourinho is planning a summer revamp of his defence with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones in the firing line, according to reports.

The Mirror are reporting that the Manchester United duo are set to be axed as Mourinho has doubts about the pairs’ ability after the 1-0 loss against Newcastle on Sunday.

Chris Smalling is reportedly on the brink of being dumped by Manchester United

Reuters
3
Chris Smalling is reportedly on the brink of being dumped by Manchester United

Mourinho knows his defence is one of United’s biggest weaknesses and the report suggests the Special One has seen the huge expenditure of his rivals on their back four’s as a wake up call.


CLAIM YOUR FREE £20 BET Sun Bets have this brilliant offer when you sign up and bet a fiver


Manchester City spent £57million on getting Aymeric Laporte in while Liverpool splashed out a record £75million on centre-back Virgil van Djik.

Leicester defender Harry Maguire is said to be on United’s summer transfer wishlist while Real Madrid ace Raphael Varane is also said to be being looked at.

Smalling dived and conceded the free kick that Newcastle scored their winner from while Jones was caught out against Tottenham and scored an own goal in the 2-0 loss.

Phil Jones is also said to be in the firing line at Manchester United

PA:Press Association
3
Phil Jones is also said to be in the firing line at Manchester United

Leicester defender Harry Maguire has been linked with a move to Manchester United

Getty Images - Getty
3
Leicester defender Harry Maguire has been linked with a move to Manchester United

The pair both have deals until 2019 but one will likely have to make way for Eric Bailly when he returns from injury.


READ MORE:


Marcos Rojo is set to sign a new deal at the club while Mourinho is reportedly ready to keep faith with £35m summer signing Victor Lineloff despite a shaky start to life in the Prem.

Former United defender Phil Neville lad into Jones and Smalling at the weekend, branding them a “disaster”.

He said: “They’ve got the best defensive record because they have the best goalkeeper in the world in David De Gea, and Nemanja Matic out in front who protects them really well. But the last two away games, Smalling and Jones have been a disaster.”


PLAY DREAM TEAM WEEKENDER Pick seven players to win £5k!