Pallister believes United‚Äôs young defensive pair will eventually establish themselves as Hodgson‚Äôs first-choice partnership.
‚ÄúSmalling and Jones look terrific players and are going to be the future for Manchester United,‚ÄĚ he told the Manchester Evening News. ‚ÄúI see them being England‚Äôs centre-backs as well.
‚ÄúThey‚Äôve 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 ‚Äď learning what it‚Äôs like to play for a big club like Manchester United.
‚ÄúBut what we‚Äôve seen from them is that they are very athletic, very quick, very determined characters and they‚Äôve both settled in.
‚ÄúSmalling is a composed player and Jones can play in midfield, so you are not worrying about his composure either.
‚ÄúIf the manager feels like he can play in a midfield role then you know he‚Äôs quite comfortable with the ball at his feet. But I prefer to see him as a centre- half. I think that‚Äôs where his future lies.
‚ÄúWith him and Smalling, if they can get games together, then I think they can be the future of United and England.
‚ÄúThey are young players and they‚Äôve have come in and shown they can handle Old Trafford. They‚Äôve shown they can handle the pressure.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt 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 they‚Äôve both shown they can handle everything that comes with playing for United.‚ÄĚ