Jones happy playing with Smalling at Man Utd

Phil Jones is happy playing alongside England U21 teammate Chris Smalling in Manchester United's injury-hit defence.

The pair featured in victory at West Bromwich Albion.

Asked how beneficial it is to have played alongside Smalling for England, Jones told the club's official website: "That will only help. We've done really well together with England and kept quite a few clean sheets.

"We communicate well and read each other's game, which is a good thing to have in a partnership at the back."

It would appear to be another promising omen for United that Jones has closely studied the way Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand play.

"They are brilliant defenders," Jones said. "I've always watched those two play together and tried to model my game on them and copy things they do."

 
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