Cape Town - Manchester
United centre-back Phil Jones believes the quality of the team's
strikers has helped him take his defending to the next level.
The 25-year-old has established himself as a first-team regular under
manager Jose Mourinho so far this season, making three starts alongside
Eric Bailly and keeping three clean sheets.
Jones has credited the Red Devils' forwards for strengthening his
defensive capabilities in training, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku,
Anthony Martial, and Marcus Rashford putting him to the test at the Aon
“As a defender, you want to play against the best strikers in the
world,” Jones told the club's official website. “You want to test
yourself and prove to people that you’re good enough to do that.
“Playing against these players in training every day makes me a
better player. It gives me a better understanding of how to deal with
these types of players when they’re on the opposing team.”
Meanwhile Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku insists he is looking forward to
having Zlatan Ibrahimovic back in the fray and doesn't fear for his
position in the side.