Jose Mourinho has told Eric Baily and Phil Jones they cannot consider themselves automatic starters, despite their manager’s reluctance to select Victor Lindelof so far this season.
The Sweden international joined from Benfica in a £30million deal during the close season, having come close to joining United back in January.
Lindelof endured a difficult pre-season and was heavily criticised for his performance during the European Super Cup defeat against Real Madrid.
Mourinho has since chosen to shield the least expensive of his three major summer signings from the limelight, but with Jones and Bailly suspended for the start of United’s Champions League campaign against Basel, the Special One will recall the 23-year-old against the Swiss champions.
Bailly and Jones were both at fault for the goals Untied conceded during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Stoke, which ended United’s flawless start to the new season, and Mourinho has warned the pair not to take their places for granted.
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‘Victor is a very good player with very good potential,’ Mourinho said ahead of United’s return to Europe’s elite club competition.
‘And honestly, I think there are reasons for the other boys, Eric and Jones, to be worried.’