Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has spoken about his transfer from Sporting CP to the Old Trafford club this summer. The Argentinian went on strike to try and force a move to the North West of England, which just angered his club. He has revealed that it was fellow countryman and former United midfielder Juan Sebastián Verón who told him to end his protest and return to training, which he did and then made a full apology through the club television station. Soon after the move progressed and he signed for the Old Trafford club. Rojo is currently on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder during the defeat to Manchester City a couple of weeks ago.
The Manchester Evening News reported Rojo as saying:
“It was a huge surprise when I was told United wanted to buy me.
“I was in Portugal when my representative told me. He asked me to stay calm but I could not. I started living this dream.
“I could not think of anything else. I would call him every day, but when it seemed the transfer would not happen then I refused to work with Sporting.
“That was when Veron played his part in the process. He was like a strict father to me, scolding me.
“Veron called me one day when I had refused to train with Sporting and said ‘Do not be stubborn. If Manchester United wants a player then they will not let you escape.
“And so I went back, and the transfer went ahead.”
The Argentinian finally made his debut for Manchester United against Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford after having to wait for a work permit due to reports of a fracas in his native Argentina some years ago. The work permit was finalised and he was free to make his debut. United beat Harry Redknapp’s side 4-0 with fellow Argentinian Angel Di Maria scoring the first goal, with Ander Herrera, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata all getting themselves on the score sheet. It was a victory that had risen the spirits of United’s supporters, but in the next match against Leicester City, the doom and gloom soon started once again.
Rojo has been a decent signing for United manager Louis van Gaal, but his injury came at the worst possible time, a time where the club were just getting over an injury crisis, that seems to have started another one with Chris Smalling being the only fit and experienced central defender, which could also give more game time to the likes of Paddy McNair, Tyler Blackett and even Tom Thorpe. The fact that the move for Rojo came about after he had ended his strike with the Portuguese club, just shows that United will get their man. The deal also saw winger Nani leave Old Trafford for his former club, albeit on loan with him finding some form and the newspapers suggesting that the Old Trafford club had made a mistake letting him leave.
It has been reported that Rojo could be on the sidelines for a long period of time, as a dislocated shoulder is easier to aggravate after the first time it has happened, so ensuring it has healed will be better for the club, despite being very short of defensive reinforcements, which is something the manager will need to think about during the winter transfer window, which opens on New Years Day. United have been linked with many players already as it is well-known they need defensive reinforcement. Many supporters want a commanding centre half, such as Mats Hummels, but I would like to see the club continue bringing through the youth, as McNair, Blackett and Thorpe could fill the void, but saying that, the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans have been injury prone, so the manager has a big decision on his hands.