Phil Jones admits Manchester United deserved to lose against Newcastle

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling tackling Newcastle's Kenedy

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is all set to offload the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones over the upcoming summer after the duo failed to live up to the expectations of the Portuguese.

Yet while Mourinho has decided his defence needs strengthening, United actually have the best goals-against record in the Premier League this season.

The Red Devils are now in second place in the Premier League despite their 1-0 loss to Newcastle on Sunday.

Jones had an equally torrid time in United's last away game, a 2-0 loss to Tottenham at Wembley, when he scored an own goal to compound a slack performance.

Meanwhile, Mourinho is now preparing his Manchester United side for their FA Cup fifth-round clash against Huddersfield Town on Saturday night.

Jose Mourinho wants to sell the United pair and reinvest in his Old Trafford back four.

The same article says that the Red Devils have been linked with a big-money swoop for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire.

After Liverpool spent £75m on Virgil van Dijk, and Manchester City paid £57m for Aymeric Laporte last month, it wouldn't be a surprise to see United make a splash in the summer window. Against Dele Alli and Harry Kane, they got bullied.

"Everton are priced at 4/1 to be the next destination for Phil Jones, who could be offered to the Toffees as part of a deal to attract former Man Utd player Michael Keane back to the Theatre of Dreams".

While Newcastle fans and pundits may criticise the referee for the decision, United fans have turned on Smalling for a horrendous display and what could have been a costly mistake.

He added: "They were making decisions that were odd".

"They were making decisions all day where you were thinking: 'What are you doing?' They brought these two as the best young centre-backs in England".

Reports today claimed Smalling and his defensive partner Phil Jones will be axed by the Red Devils this summer.

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