“Fresh, strong, fast, agile” – Mourinho pleased with center backs

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho heaped praise on center back Phil Jones as the Red Devils prepared for Wednesday’s visit from Crystal Palace.

United is unbeaten in eight matches, and hasn’t allowed multiple goals in a single match since Nov. 3’s 2-1 loss at Fenerbahce.

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That this run has occurred without key players Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly says something, not just to the media but Mourinho as well.

Here’s the boss on Jones and Marcos Rojofrom Sky Sports:

“Now he looks fresh, and strong, and fast and agile. He has played six matches and I don’t remember the last time he did that. Marcos also had lots of problems and injuries, but he looks also free of it.

“In a period without Bailly and Smalling, where people could be scared, they step up and both played so many matches already without defeat. I am really happy for them.”

After Palace, it’ll be West Brom, Middlesbrough, and Sunderland, giving Mourinho a chance to continue buttressing his defensive form. Palace presents the stiffest challenge, netting 27 goals in PL play (fifth-best).

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