Paul Scholes has certainly made sure his opinion has been heard since joining BT Sport by making some rather controversial comments, but his latest outburst regarding Manchester United is one that most United fans will agree with. Marcos Rojo has become the latest victim of some heartfelt comments from the former Red Devil’s midfielder as Jose Mourinho’s side felt the consequences of a poor display in the Netherlands on Thursday evening, by suffering a 1-0 defeat to Feyenoord in the UEFA Europa League.
Rojo signed for United two seasons ago from Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon, initially many members of the club’s fan-base were intrigued by the signing of the 26-year-old, due to the fact that he was joining off the back of a fair few respectable performances in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, the tables seem to have turned with many Red’s calling for him to be axed from the club as soon as possible. Scholes has been the latest member of the media affiliated to Manchester United to send criticism the Argentines way after the defender was arguably one of the worst players on the pitch in Rotterdam.
“Rojo is a bit out of form, he’s had a tough night, you can tell he’s a player who hasn’t played minutes this season. He’s really struggled. If I’m a Feyenoord player and I’m looking at Man United he’s a big weakness. If I’m getting the ball I’m just clipping it over his head over again and making him run.”
It must be mentioned, that not many, if any player at all, can be proud of their performance and hold their head up high after what was certainly a forgettable evening against the Eredivisie outfit. But, it seemingly confirmed too many what some have been saying for quite a while – Rojo is not up to the standards of what you would expect from a Manchester United player. The winner Feyenoord snatched in the latter stages of the fixture at the De Kuip did indeed stem from the ex-Sporting and Spartak Moscow man’s side.
The defender enjoyed most of his football at the heart of the defence in Portugal, however, he has been performing in the left fullback position for much of his time at Old Trafford. He is no stranger to that position, either. Most of the minutes he picks up for his country, Argentina, is also on the left-hand side of the defence. The Argentinian is nowadays deemed as the backup to Luke Shaw, but he is by no means anywhere near as effective as the Englishman in either attack or defence. In fact, it would be an understatement stating that Shaw is on another level to Rojo.
If there was a man who was most in danger of losing their status of being a Manchester United player anytime soon (other than Bastian Schweinsteiger), it would certainly be the Argentina international. It would have been more beneficial to the squad to use Cameron Borthwick-Jackson in the left back position as Shaw’s back, up going by the evidence portrayed last season, although you have got to think about the youngster’s development – he needs game time, so loaning him to Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers is still the correct decision. Furthermore, it would be much more pleasing on the eye, in my opinion, if Mourinho utilised Matteo Darmian as Shaw’s
Furthermore, it would be much more pleasing on the eye, in my opinion, if Mourinho utilised Matteo Darmian as Shaw’s backup with Timothy Fosu-Mensah as Antonio Valencia’s replacement and if there are many more performances similar to the one against Feyenoord, I would say it is only a matter of time until that happens. Though, I am a football fan who is more than happy to be proved wrong by a player and gives a man their fair share of chances, if it is warranted. However, it cannot be denied that the chances of Rojo turning this one around are mightily slim – with more and more Red’s losing their patience with him and faith in the out of form man by the day.