Man Utd boss Mourinho ready to hand Jones chance

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is ready to back Phil Jones for the start of the season.

The Times says the England international spent the majority of last season sidelined with ankle problems and made just 13 appearances in all competitions.

But despite seemingly being on the fringes of the squad, Mourinho is considering playing him alongside Smalling in his starting XI.

Mourinho, who replaced Louis van Gaal in May, will give Jones the opportunity to impress during pre-season and will not necessarily give Eric Bailly his competitive debut immediately.

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