Smalling injured Jones during England training last month and then succumbed to a knee injury on international duty, leaving United with Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo as the only specialist centre halves.
However, Rojo came off in the 23rd minute during United’s Europa League win over Anderlecht with a suspected ankle injury and Daley Blind had to return to centre half.
Mourinho questioned Smalling’s willingness to play through the pain barrier at Swansea in November and is now demanding a swifter return than scheduled.
“I think it’s … We have Daley Blind, who has experience in the position,” …
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