Manchester United defender Phil Jones believes his partnership with Chris Smalling can be vital for club and country, as reported by Sky Sports.

Club captain Nemanja Vidic is leaving at the end of the season and Rio Ferdinand is contemplating retirement so it looks down to Jones, Smalling and Jonny Evans to fill the defensive area unless Moyes adds fresh meat to his squad.

Jones is set to be in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad after being one of very few United players to impress this season, and he hopes his partnership with Smalling can produce big things.

“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,” Jones said.

“We complement each other well and when you look at other central-defender partnerships and how they grow and build, they get better by playing together.

“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.

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