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'Soft market' - Jose Mourinho reveals transfer plans and injury news ahead of Watford tie

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Phil Jones is still out with injury as Manchester United get set to take on Watford at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old limped off with a foot injury during United's 0-0 home draw with Hull City on February 1.

Jones will miss out again for Saturday's 3.00pm kick-off but Jose Mourinho was happy with the presence of Eric Bailly at the back on his return to first-team duty against Leciester City.

"Every team needs four central defenders," Mourinho told the media at his press conference this afternoon.

"But we coped well without Eric. Now it's time for Jones to be out and time for Eric to be in.

"Of course, we're happy he played already that last match and he showed again security and understanding with the other guys, so we're fine."

The United boss provided no update on the fitness of Marcos Rojo, who was forced off the pitch at half-time of the Red Devils' 3-0 win away to the Foxes last Sunday.

Wayne Rooney, who missed the King Power clash through illness, is available for selection:

Yesterday, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward stated his expectation that the club would not see the same "churn" of players it has in recent summer transfer windows.

Today, Mourinho agreed with the United head honcho as he expanded on the club's summer plans.

"First of all yesterday I had to ask a friend about the word churn because I had no idea, it's a new word for my vocabulary, you have to learn every time you can and I thank Ed for that word because I didn't have an idea.

"He's completely right, of course we speak about it, what next and we know that we have a squad that like every squad needs changes but we know also that our squad has potential, has good players, many of them in the best age, the age of evolution.

"It's not our philosophy independent of the numbers, can you spend £1m £10m or £100m, it's also the philosophy, the idea and we look at it in this way.

"We prefer to bring two three or four players, players that feel an idea, a football we try to play, that can improve our squad, we are not interested in signing six or seven or sell six or seven, we are not going to play this game, we are stable, so we think our market in the summer will be soft, will be natural.

"Some players to leave, some players to come but in a very natural way so I think the word Ed used was a good one."