19 Sep Manchester United v Astana: Red Devils defender Phil Jones eyes Europa League opportunity
Unused so far this year, the centre-back is hoping to get moments for the Red Devils”earlier rather than later”
Manchester United defender Phil Jones viewpoints the Europa League as a chance to work his way to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s initial -team plans.
The centre-back hasn’t handled a single minute this season, with director Solskjaer preferring summertime signing Harry Maguire – the world’s most expensive defender – and – Victor Lindelof facing David de Gea.
Jones made it into the seat for its narrow Premier League victory over Leicester City and may encounter selection emptiness when United start their European campaign against Astana in Old Trafford on Thursday.
it’s actually the first of three games in the space of a week to get the Red Devils.
“There are gamers such as myself who have been involved too much, but it is an opportunity for all to get games,” Jones told United’s official match programme.
“it is a hectic period when all of the games come thick and fast, if you want a large squad with everybody ready to battle. Nonetheless, it is a time we enjoy.”
Eric Bailly’s knee injury and Chris Smalling’s loan move to Roma diminished United’s centre-back shares however Jones, a part of England’s 2018 World Cup squad, knows it will be hard to dislodge Solskjaer’s regular starters.
“Because I came into the club when I walked through the doorway — I knew I was not only going to walk to the team and hope to perform with,” the 27-year old additional.
“Now’s not any different. Obviously I would like to playwith, but we have got some excellent players at that place. I will wait for my opportunity and I’ll find a chance sooner rather than later.”
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Jones might be set to start together 21-year old defender Axel Tuanzebe, who spent last year on loan at the Championship with Aston Villa since they gained advertising through the playoffs, while Eric Bailly remains sidelined with injury.
United’s additional Europa League competitions in Group L are Serbian side Partizan Belgrade and Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar.
Solskjaer’s side have conceded just four goals in their five Premier League games so much — that the shortest of any side in the contest up to now together with Liverpool and Leicester — keeping 2 blank sheets.