Manchester United have plenty of centre-backs, but how many of them are actually good enough?
That is the question facing United manager Jose Mourinho after the club’s failure to sign another one this summer.
Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof are the first-choice pairing right now, while Eric Bailly has fallen out of favour and Marcos Rojo is perpetually side-lined. But Phil Jones is surely the closest to an exit.
After all, the England international is an accident waiting to happen. He was inexplicably chosen ahead of Bailly for last season’s FA Cup final and handed Chelsea their winning goal.
Time and again Jones makes mistakes, but only this season has his place in the side been revoked.
Jones has only payed 58 minutes in the league for United this season – in the 3-0 hammering against Tottenham Hotspur.
Jones recovered from a hamstring injury to play in the EFL Cup. But he has been overlooked for five consecutive match-day squads and it seems Mourinho has made his decision.
With Bailly first back-up and midfielder Scott McTominay picked ahead of Jones more recently, the latter could be on his way out.
The January transfer window is likely to see a few changes at United, and some will feel Jones’ departure is long overdue.