Phil Jones
Phil JonesReuters

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has urged David Moyes not to splurge the cash in the summer for a defender and trust the pairing of himself and Chris Smalling to protect the United goal.

The departure of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand has opened up a vacancy in the United back line, which Moyes is eager to fill in the upcoming transfer window. Vidic has agreed terms with Inter Milan for a transfer while Ferdinand is likely to hang up his boots after failing to make the starting eleven on a regular basis this season.

United have been frail at the back, something which Moyes needs to look into in the upcoming window, but Jones believes that the defenders they have at the club are enough for United to tide by in times of strife. The likes of Jones, Smalling and Jonny Evans have years of football ahead but Moyes needs more experienced players in the side if he has to bring United back to winning ways in his second year at the club.

"I've played with Chris for three or four years in the England Under-21s and also United, and we have a really good understanding. We compliment [sic] each other well and when you look at other central-defender partnerships and how they grow and build, they get better by playing together," Jones said

"You make mistakes along the way — everyone does — but the more you play together and understand each other the better the partnership gets.

"Hopefully that can happen and hopefully we have shown the manager that we are ready for the challenge.

"It's a cliché, but, in a squad like Manchester United, it's healthy to have competition.

"It keeps you on your toes and ready, training hard every day and wanting it even more.

"Whoever we bring in, I'm sure me and Chris will always be knocking on the door," he concluded.