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Phil Jones: Everyone is fighting for a spot in the Manchester United starting starting XI

by Marwan Harraz

Manchester United star Phil Jones has warned his teammates that everyone is fighting for their positions in the starting line-up ahead of the FA Cup final clash against Chelsea.

The Englishman is a favourite to start alongside Chris Smalling in defence but his spot could easily go to one of the club’s other defenders.

Jose Mourinho has the rare headache of having all his centre-backs available to selection ahead of their battle with the Blues.

Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof are all fighting for their spots in the starting XI as well though many fans are split on who should start.

Jones though has left it to the manager but hopes he can play a role in hading United their only trophy win of the season.

According to Manchester Evening News, Phil said: “Hopefully I have a chance of starting in the final. I don’t know. It is the manager’s decision.

“But hopefully I have put my name forward and will be one of the names on the team sheet. There are places up for grabs all over the pitch. The manager has already said that a couple of weeks ago.

“I don’t think any name is a given on the team sheet. Everyone is fighting for positions for every game, not just the FA Cup final.”

Many supporters have debated over who makes up the Red Devils’ best back four and it’s fair to say Bailly almost always makes the fictional line-ups.

After the Ivorian there’s always an argument over whether Rojo or Jones are better though it’s fair to say both players have had their moments.

Still, it appears Smalling starting is the sensible decision given he’s featured regularly and is perhaps the fittest of those available as much as fans wouldn’t like to admit it.

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