Manchester United have no intentions to sell Phil Jones this summer – report

Manchester United have no intentions to sell Phil Jones this summer – report

Manchester United have no plans to let Phil Jones leave this summer in spite of Victor Lindelof’s arrival earlier this month, according to reports.

The 25-year-old, having not made an appearance since January 2016, broke into the first team back in November and formed a strong partnership with Marcos Rojo.

Lindelof’s £30.7m arrival from Benfica created speculation surrounding the futures of Jones and fellow countryman Chris Smalling, who were both rushed back from injury towards the end of last season and struggled against the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

And with Smalling hiring a new agent and reportedly set for a move away, ESPN‘s Rob Dawson has noted that Jones remains part of Mourinho’s plans ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

With Eric Bailly suspended for the Europa League final, it became a battle between Jones and Smalling for a place alongside Daley Blind in Stockhom – a tussle ultimately won by the latter, who performed brilliantly against the potentially dangerous Kasper Dolberg.

But in the context of the season at large, and not just those last few games, Jones emerges as the outright superior. He demonstrated to supporters, for the first time in years, that raw brutishness than can be so devastating, and the Portuguese clearly sees him as somebody who can improve – albeit as a squad player – next year.

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