Solskjaer’s starting XI against Derby surely means one defender’s Man Utd career is over

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made six changes to his Manchester United side to face Derby in the FA Cup this evening.

The Reds are bidding to reach the quarter-final where they would meet Norwich City who defeated Tottenham on penalties on Wednesday.

Although Solskjaer is keen to win silverware at Old Trafford and has shown some intent in the selection of Bruno Fernandes. the Norwegian will have one eye on the pivotal Manchester derby on Sunday.

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Some of United’s peripheral players such as Diogo Dalot and Jesse Lingard have been granted starts, but again there’s no place for defender Phil Jones.

The centre-back has made just seven starts for the Reds this season and has not even travelled to Pride Park this evening.

If he is not to even make the squad for this tie, it makes you wonder when he would be considered for selection.

But Jones is firmly fifth choice in the central defensive pecking order behind captain Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and the returning Axel Tuanzebe.

While he has become the laughing stock at the club for his instability and his proneness for injury, Jones has been unlucky at times to rarely ever stay fit.

But surely it’s time to move a player on who has been at the club almost 10 years, without having one successful season.

The only trouble will be finding a buying club to pay Jones’ ridiculously weekly wages and take a punt on him staying fit for a sustained period.

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