Jones targetting a starting place against Bournemouth

The centre-back has not started a single competitive game over the last six months, but he is looking forward for the Bournemouth game after gaining fitness in pre-season games.

Jones targetting a starting place against Bournemouth
Jones in action against Galatasaray. Image: Getty Images

Manchester United defender Phil Jones is aiming for a first team place in the upcoming season. The defender was out of action for the majority of the last season due to injuries is looking for a fresh start under new manager Jose Mourinho.

Jones has been involved in all the pre season games this year, played last 23 minutes against Galatasaray on Saturday. The England international signed a new contract with the club last year. Jones is going to face stiff competition for centre-back role as Mourinho signed Eric Bailly from Villarreal this summer.

Jones happy to be back on the pitch

Jones has not started a single competitive game since January 2, but Chris Smalling is going to miss the trip to Bournemouth in the opening week of Premier League due to suspension. This will be a perfect opportunity for Jones to show his worth to Mourinho and grab a place in the starting eleven. Jones insisted that he is concentrating on regaining the complete fitness.

He suggested that “it’s a step forward, the first game is always difficult, getting back into the rhythm of things.” The England international also admitted that there “have been quite a few changes with personnel, but it’s nice to be back, get minutes and keep improving.”

Phil Jones has played in all three of United's pre-season friendlies so far. | Photo: Getty Images
Phil Jones has played in all three of United's pre-season friendlies so far. | Photo: Getty Images

Team is getting better day by day

United finished their overseas tour this year with a 5-2 win over Galatasaray at Gothenberg on Saturday. Jones believes that the team “looks strong, we’re getting fitter game by game and we’ve still got to improve on some areas that we’ve been working on.” He also insisted that “the team will be there or thereabouts come the start of the season.”

Jones has two opportunities for making a claim in the starting eleven when United face Everton for Wayne Rooney’s testimonial on Wednesday and the Community Shield game against Leicester City on Sunday.