The Englishman made his first appearance in a Man United shirt for over ten months back in early November against Swansea City alongside Rojo, who was making just his second Premier League start of the season, and the pair impressed during what turned out to be a routine 3-1 win.
Since then, Rojo and Jones have cemented themselves as Jose Mourinho‘s first choice centre-back pairing at Old Trafford.
When asked whether injuries to Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly prior to the Swansea game helped the pair cement themselves in the first team, Jones replied: “Yeah I think so. We were both in the same position, which probably helped us a little bit.
“But football is a strange game, you can be in one minute and out the next. You have to make sure every time you put that shirt on you produce a performance that warrants you putting that shirt on in the next game. That’s what I’m trying to do and will try to keep doing going forward.
“It’s been brilliant. He’s shown a lot of confidence and belief in me and hopefully I’m repaying that.
“It’s always nice to share comments from the manager and other people that you’re doing well. I’m not under any illusions, though. In this game you can be up there one minute and down the next, so I need to keep going and keep improving.”
Nobody – and a really do mean nobody – could have predicted that Jones and Rojo would be Mourinho’s established centre-back pairing back in August. The pair begun the season on the periphery of proceedings, leading to various reports linking Jones with a move to Stoke and Rojo with a move to Valencia.
But this is what Mourinho can do. He is indeed capable of turning confidence-sapped defenders into thoroughbred warriors, and Jones and Rojo serve as an excellent case in point.