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Phil Jones speaks out about his impressive partnership with Marcos Rojo

by Leo Nieboer

Phil Jones has spoken out about his impressive partnership with Marcos Rojo at Manchester United this season.

Both Rojo and Jones begun the season teetering on the periphery of proceedings at Old Trafford, with Rojo making his first Premier League start in late October, whilst Jones had to wait until early November.

Since then, however, the pair have started every Premier League game, never conceding more than once in any game.

Jones, speaking after Man United’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace, made note of the good understanding between the two.

“I think we’re getting a really good understanding with each other – I know his game, he knows mine and we’re complementing each other well at the moment and long may it continue,” he said.

“I’ve always said that if I get a run of games and stay fit, then I know what I’m capable of. I’m not this player who goes on mazy runs. I defend, I like to defend and I like to do a job for the team. Hopefully the manager and everyone around can see I’m trying my best for the team.

“I’m still learning, I’m 24, I know that I’m not getting any younger. The whole tag of being a young player is no longer with me anymore but I need to kick on and keep up the performances like I’m doing at the moment and hopefully I can keep improving and get better.

“I’ve missed a lot over the last couple of years – I want to play as many games as possible this season.”

Of all the possible centre-back pairings possible with this current crop of players, Rojo and Jones would have probably sat at the bottom of the list. Both players have been widely chastised by supporters and critics, garnering reputations for being susceptible to injury and cheap errors.

And yet, under Mourinho – a manager notorious for his ability to transform defenders – the pair have thrived, looking growingly composed with every game. The 53-year-old has always placed emphasis on a no-nonsense, physical approach, hallmarked by brute force and aggression. And Jones and Rojo clearly fit the bill.

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