Pallister believes Unitedâ€™s young defensive pair will eventually establish themselves as Hodgsonâ€™s first-choice partnership.
â€śSmalling and Jones look terrific players and are going to be the future for Manchester United,â€ť he told the Manchester Evening News. â€śI see them being Englandâ€™s centre-backs as well.
â€śTheyâ€™ve already played together for England at Under- 21 level and I think they are both exceptional talents. They are still gaining their experience at Old Trafford â€“ learning what itâ€™s like to play for a big club like Manchester United.
â€śBut what weâ€™ve seen from them is that they are very athletic, very quick, very determined characters and theyâ€™ve both settled in.
â€śSmalling is a composed player and Jones can play in midfield, so you are not worrying about his composure either.
â€śIf the manager feels like he can play in a midfield role then you know heâ€™s quite comfortable with the ball at his feet. But I prefer to see him as a centre- half. I think thatâ€™s where his future lies.
â€śWith him and Smalling, if they can get games together, then I think they can be the future of United and England.
â€śThey are young players and theyâ€™ve have come in and shown they can handle Old Trafford. Theyâ€™ve shown they can handle the pressure.
â€śI donâ€™t know how long it takes to settle at a club like this. It took me a year probably to settle in here but I think theyâ€™ve both shown they can handle everything that comes with playing for United.â€ť