Martin Keown: This Man United duo are on their last chance
The former Arsenal defender delivers his verdict on Manchester United duo Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo
Martin Keown has warned Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo that they are running out of chances to salvage their Manchester United careers.
The Red Devils have been forced to turn to Jones and Rojo in recent weeks after injuries to Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling.
The England defender and Argentina international have forged an unlikely partnership to help the Red Devils secure three successive Premier League wins.
Manchester United were 1-0 winners against title rivals Tottenham Hotspur before victories over Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion.
Former Arsenal defender Keown doesn’t believe Jones and Rojo have a long-term future at centre-half in Mourinho’s side despite their recent victories.
“I feel like it is the last-chance saloon for these two at Old Trafford. They are clinging on to their careers at Manchester United. They have found themselves in the same situation and have decided that neither is going under,” Keown told The Daily Mail.
“The manager has generated something with these two. He feels that if they deserve to play he will stick with them and that is a good message for the team and the players.”
Keown added: “Jose Mourinho does not care if you are fourth or fifth choice. If you show toughness and play well, you stay in the team.
“He is rewarding Jones and Rojo’s performances with loyalty but he will also be looking to the future. I don’t think Daley Blind will play as a centre half for United anymore.
“Mourinho likes to have a solid base and he will feel that the jigsaw puzzle is not yet complete at the back for United.”
Manchester United are in sixth place in the Premier League table and a staggering 13 points adrift of current leaders Chelsea after 17 games.
The Red Devils haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson won his 13th and final top-flight crown.
The 20-time English champions will host Sunderland at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.