Marcos Rojo wants Manchester United to dominate against Bristol City in the Carabao Cup

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo believes that his teammates must get stuck in, impose themselves and dominate from the off against Bristol City in the Carabao Cup at Ashton Gate. Lee Johnson’s side have already knocked out Watford, Stoke City and Crystal Palace from the competition this season which is why United need to take the match to them. Jose Mourinho’s reigning champions will face the side at Ashton Gate for the first time in 37 years. Manchester United players must impose themselves from the start of tonight’s Carabao Cup quarter-final at Bristol City.

The EFL Cup was United’s first major honour last season, the first time a manager of the club won a trophy in his first season at the club, Mourinho going on to win his second later that season by lifting the UEFA Europa League trophy, the first time United had lifted the cup, the only major honour the club had never won in its history. The Argentinian defender, who is now fit again after a gash to the head during the Manchester derby, has insisted that he and his teammates are focussed on starting well in Bristol. Speaking to the official Manchester United website, Rojo said:

“I think it is important, even though we are away from home, that we go there really positive and try to take the game to them, impose ourselves on the game and try to dominate proceedings from the word go. Hopefully, by imposing our style, we can come away with a victory that we need.

“People talk about this trophy saying it is not important but, when you have had the experience of getting a long way in the competition and eventually winning it, everyone wants to do it again.”

Rojo made his 100th Manchester United appearance after replacing Antonio Valencia in the 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Sunday and called the achievement a “proper proud moment”. Rojo was sidelined in April after suffering a knee injury in a Europa League match at Old Trafford, the same match the club lost striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to a similar injury. Rojo, who started his comeback in the summer, scaling up his fitness and training earlier in the season spoke of his delight to be back on the pitch wearing a Manchester United shirt, saying:

“All you want to do as a player is to work hard so you can be in the squad and in the team to help your team-mates to help us to compete. It’s really tough when you are out for a long time, so it’s great to be back.”

United will be better placed during the busy festive period this year as injuries are few and far between. The only player on the sidelines through injury right now is Eric Bailly, who will be out of action for the next two to three months after need surgery following an injury sustained whilst the player was on international duty with the Ivory Coast. Michael Carrick is also a player yet to play after suffering problems of his own, needing to gain full fitness before he is back in action. Marouane Fellaini has been missing for the past few weeks, his problem not being confirmed.

United will face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday evening, before welcoming Burnley (Boxing Day) and Southampton (30th December) to Old Trafford in the league. On New Year’s Day, United will again be on the road with Everton the destination, a tough match for United after the Merseyside club turned their form around after Sam Allardyce took over at the club. United then take on Derby County in the Emirates FA Cup at Old Trafford before welcoming Stoke City in the Premier League the following week.

Winning these league matches will be key for United and Mourinho to keep the chase on Manchester City this season. You can watch the Carabao Cup clash with Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Sky Sports Football HD, KO 20:00 GMT this evening, Wednesday 20th December 2017.

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