Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has said he is prepared to sell under-fire defenders, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.
The pair have failed to impress throughout the season for United, with Smalling particularly blamed for the club’s 1-0 defeat by Newcastle on Sunday. The 28-year-old was booked for a dive and the resulting free-kick led to Matt Ritchie’s goal.
Also, Jones produced an underwhelming display in United’s 2-0 loss to Tottenham at Wembley earlier this month. He scored an own goal for Tottenham’s second, with Mourinho’s describing it as ‘an amazing goal Harry Kane would love to score.’
However, Manchester United have the best goals-against record in the Premier League this season, despite Mourinho deciding his defence needs strengthening. They have only conceded 19 times, a goal lesser than what runaway leaders, Manchester City have conceded, despite Eric Baily, a first-choice central defender being out injured since November.
Daily mail reports that Real Madrid’s defender, Raphael Varane and Leicester City’s centre-half, Harry Maguire are on a shortlist of replacements for Smalling and Jones. Mourinho worked with Varane for two seasons at Madrid, while Maguire has been in impressive form for Leicester this season for. His performances earned him his first England cap against Lithuania in a World Cup qualifying in October 2017.Ashaolu Oluwafemi