United suffered a humiliating 1-0 defeat at the hands of Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle at St. James’ Park last Sunday which has caused manager, Jose Mourinho to seriously consider his defensive options ahead of the upcoming summer transfer window.
The humbling loss has left the Red Devils just two points clear of third placed Liverpool as they now engage in a downside battle to cement their spot in the top four this campaign.
As a result the ‘frustrated’ Portuguese tactician is now set to drop the hammer on Chris Smalling and Phil Jones in order to make way for a new centre-back.
According to the report by Mirror, the Special One is ‘planning a serious shake-up of United’s defence this summer — with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones both set to be offloaded’.
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Smalling’s second half dive resulted in a free-kick which was eventually put in the back of the net by Matt Ritchie and paved the way for Red Devils’ second defeat in three games.
Meanwhile, Jones scored an own goal in the club’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley at the start of this month.
It was claimed that Mourinho has told the officials at Old Trafford that ‘they must start spending big on defenders too’ after United’s rivals, City and Liverpool, forked out £75 million and £57 million respectively to land Virgil van Djik and Aymeric…