Manchester United already lining up Jones and Smalling replacements

Manchester United already lining up Jones and Smalling replacements

The pair were highly criticised after the Red Devils' 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday in the Premier League, and there are now rumours circulating that Mourinho is ready to shake things up at the back.

That hasn't happened, however, and the Mirror says that Sunday's defeat at St James' Park "exposed their underlying vulnerability at the back".

League leaders Manchester City now hold a 16 point advantage over United who now must be concerned with the clubs below them that are chasing the Champions League spots in the table.

Defensive duo Smalling and Jones struggled in each of those fixtures, with Neville accusing the under-fire England internationals of becoming a liability.

Having made just thirteen professional league matches for Fulham, Smalling signed for United in the summer of 2010 and has since racked up two hundred and seventy-three appearances in all competitions, scoring fourteen goals.

"They've got the best defensive record because they have the best goalkeeper in the world in David De Gea, and Nemanja Matic out in front who protects them really well", he said. He netted an own goal for Tottenham's second, with Mourinho's description of the finish as "an wonderful goal Harry Kane would love to score" being far from supportive.

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The report claims that United will try sign Harry Maguire from Leicester City for £50m, and they are interested in a transfer for Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.

Neville added: "Against Newcastle did they make many mistakes, no, but they created a nervousness and a tension".

The newly-appointed England Women's boss reckons it is the lack of decisiveness that is letting Smalling and Jones down at the moment.

"They were making decision that were odd".

According to the Daily Mirror, The Portuguese tactician wants to bring in two new central defenders in the place of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones in the next transfer window.

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