Jones eyeing Man Utd starting berth

The England international has recovered from a case of mild thrombosis that ruled him out for a month and is now keen to break back into Louis van Gaal’s first-choice XI

Manchester United defender Phil Jones is eyeing a starting berth as he continues his recovery from injury.

The England international came off the bench for the third successive match during the Red Devils’ Champions League win over Wolfsburg after missing the first month of the season with mild thrombosis.

And having proved his fitness, the former Blackburn Rovers man is keen to regain his place in the starting XI, despite United’s fine start to the season.

Chris Smalling and Daley Blind have been paired in central defence impressively so far this campaign, but with Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo both injured, Jones is hopeful he can force his way into the reckoning.

“I am fit,” he told MUTV. “I got 20 or 25 minutes against Ipswich, 20 minutes against Sunderland and just under 20 minutes tonight [against Wolfsburg], so I am slowly getting back to it and getting my fitness back, and my sharpness back.

“I feel good, so hopefully I can just stay fit and integrate my way back into the side.”

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