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Manchester United 'to offload Chris Smalling, Phil Jones'

Man Utd 'to offload Smalling, Jones'
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Manchester United are reportedly prepared to sell Chris Smalling and Phil Jones in the summer transfer window.

Manchester United are reportedly ready to sell Chris Smalling and Phil Jones in the summer transfer window.

Both defenders have come under fire for their performances this season, and their faults were evident in Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United in St James' Park.

Smalling was heavily criticised for diving during the match, while Jones was less than inspiring in the encounter that dragged the Red Devils into a race for the top four.

According to The Mirror, manager Jose Mourinho is ready to axe the pair and has told United's hierarchy that they need to spend big on new defenders in the summer after seeing Liverpool and Manchester City part with £75m and £57m respectively on new faces.

United remain second in the Premier League table, just two points above third-placed Liverpool.

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Jose Mourinho watches on during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Burnley on December 26, 2017
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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