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Rojo and Jones force Mourinho to backtrack on big decision


The words ‘defensive crisis’ have become all too familiar to Jose Mourinho this season.

Injuries to Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling have forced the Special One to play around with his back four, and it hasn’t always paid off.

However, Mourinho now appears content with his current pairing of Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones.

In fact, according to BBC Sport, he is even willing to ditch his planned bid for Victor Lindelof.

Despite initial talks with the Benfica centre-back having taken place, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic aready getting excited about the proposed arrival of his compatriot, it seems the deal’s off.

Lindelof was set to cost around £42million, and Mourinho was therefore only willing to splash out if he was sufficiently concerned.


Thanks to Rojo and Jones, he is not; Rojo is arguably lucky not to have faced suspension for a number of dodgy tackles, but aside from that, he has started to come into his own at Old Trafford.

Daley Blind is also able to play in that position, but it’s the pairing of Jones and Rojo which has particularly impressed, as United haven’t lost a game since the two of them began their partnership 11 games ago.

The Red Devils can now start to examine better ways to spend the Lindelof money, as their defence is the least of their worries .

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