Following his side's 2-2 draw away at Stoke, Mourinho said he's been impressed by Jones this season, and that he will now receive a well-earned rest following a string of consecutive club and worldwide games.
"That's just an easy swipe at us, really, " the Stoke manager said. "I am more than confident for tomorrow, he is a very good player with a very good potential".
"I am always ready to play", he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
"Goodness knows we had too many free kicks against us, but that wasn't because we're a physical team, it was because the referee misinterpreted too many things, in my view".
David De Gea says English teams may be at a disadvantage in the UEFA Champions League due to the winter break in other countries but he is convinced Manchester United have the quality to challenge for the trophy.
"We're trying to be better".
"We want to fight for every title".
However, Mourinho added that Manchester United are strong, confident and had enough quality to win the Tuesday's game, although he predicted it to be a hard one. "We're a top-10 side, in my view, and we've just got to prove it this year". Especially at Old Trafford, where Manchester are far more dominant than away.
"It doesn't matter if it is on the pitch or if it is on the bench, so if his conditions improved he will be selected because I need him". Next he'll be giving talks about the night they stopped United beating them.
The last English side to win the Champions League was Chelsea back in 2012. They will still be a real threat - whether that is enough, I don't know. The midfielder scored on the opening day and has added to his personal tally - another goal and two more assists in the next three games - keeping the Red Devils at the summit, by the end of week four in the Premier League.