Marcos Rojo to leave Manchester United this summer after loan spell with Estudiantes is over – reports

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo will allegedly leave the Theatre of Dreams this summer, according to the player’s agent. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not used the player all that much this season with the Argentinian making just nine appearances for the club, playing just 648 minutes of football before being loaned out.

United have warned the player twice for his conduct whilst away from the club as he was pictured breaking lockdown regulations twice in his native country, which is not the best look for the player. It is suggested that United would be looking to offload the player this summer, which would be about right as Solskjaer looks to continue his rebuild.

It is suggested that United would be seeking to get rid of Rojo, Chris Smalling and Alexis Sanchez if they can this summer with United linked to Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund, who will cost upwards of £100 million – with Solskjaer making space for the player both in terms of monetarily and in his squad.

Stretty News exclusively reported on Wednesday that the Argentinian is set for an Old Trafford exit this summer after speaking to Jonathan Barnett, who represents the player. When asked whether he feels his client is in the plans of United manager, Solskjaer, which does not seem the case considering his lack of appearances, Barnett said:

“I couldn’t comment on what [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer thinks but I think it’s obvious.”

The former Sporting Club de Portugal defender, who signed for United in the summer of 2015, then under the management of Louis van Gaal, would probably like to stay in his native Argentina with Estudiantes a possible destination, if they can afford the player – which may not be all that likely. Barnett concluded by saying:

“I think with Rojo, probably (a move) is more than likely somewhere else.”

It might be a shame that the player’s time at United could end like this but in recent years, he has not been a standout player in the clubs defence and was used sparingly. With Solskjaer seeking to guide the club in a new direction, seemingly taking on the might of Liverpool and Manchester City to challenge for the Premier League title, a new angle might be needed, especially with the club needing a decent partner for Harry Maguire.

Marcos Rojo likely to return to Manchester United after loan spell with Estudiantes – reports

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo is likely to return to the Old Trafford club after his loan spell with Argentinian side, Estudiantes has expired, according to the manager of the club, Leandro Desabato. Rojo has made just nine appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team this season, before leaving for Estudiantes on loan in January.

The 30-year-old has made just one appearance for Estudiantes, seemingly struggling with injury before the coronavirus pandemic suspended world football in mid-March. Rojo made known his desire to remain in his native Argentina after his loan spell has expired, and the comments from his manager will no doubt be a blow for him to contend with. Rojo said:

“If it depends on me, I will speak to Manchester United’s management about the possibility of staying here for another six months.

“I will feel a tremendous sense of pain if I have to leave after playing in so few matches. I am completely recovered now, and fit to play once more.”

Rojo’s contract at United expires in the summer of 2021, meaning this summer he will be into his final year at the club, so when the transfer window eventually opens this summer, it would give United one chance to offload the player, receiving a transfer fee for his services. Although, like most new signings and contract renewals, there is the option for another year to be added at the club.

Estudiantes manager, Desabato, was speaking to Argentinian radio channel, Radio Late 931 which was reported by SportWitness with the manager confirming that after his loan spell has finished with the club, Rojo would return to United. United though would have the deciding factor as to whether the player could be loaned again. He said:

“We have to wait, but Rojo is likely to leave. The loan is due, and if Manchester do not want to continue loaning, it’s understandable.”

Solskjaer does not seem to rate Rojo much, playing him a total of 12 times since he was made the caretaker manager of United, being named as the next permanent manager of the club around four months later. Even with injury problems, the Argentinian was not really ahead of Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, or Chris Smalling.

Manchester United hope to start a bidding war so they can sell Marcos Rojo this summer – reports

Manchester United are apparently hoping to start a bidding war between Argentinian clubs Boca Juniors and Estudiantes in order to sell £12 million rated defender Marcos Rojo, according to reports. The Argentinian left the club back in January on loan, spending the remainder of the season in his native Argentina playing for Estudiantes.

Rojo played just nine times for United this season, playing a total of 648 minutes of football in total. It was clear that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did not rate the player enough to play him regularly, seemingly ignoring the player for much of last season and a lot of the current season, then allowing him to leave the club in January.

United have some good defenders in the squad with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof the regular starters with Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe also chosen, although injuries to the pair have cost them valuable minutes on the pitch. Phil Jones is also at the club, he too playing football sparingly, perhaps not a player Solskjaer wants either.

This summer, it is important for United to continue clearing the players who are no longer needed at the club, which in my opinion, thinking of defenders, Rojo, Jones and even Chris Smalling, who is wanted by AS Roma, if they can do a deal to sign the former England defender. These three departures could give other players a chance at the club.

Tuanzebe deserves to play more football, providing his is fit and healthy. It has also been suggested that Teden Mengi, who is part of the clubs academy, could well rise into the first team at some point based on recent comments by U23 coach Neil Wood, who stated that Mengi could be the next young player to break into the first team.

It has been suggested that Boca Juniors have entered the race to sign Rojo this summer, with United seeking to offload the player they pay around £16 million for in the summer of 2014. The Argentinian’s contract at United is due to expire in the summer of 2021, giving him one more year at United, hence the interest in offloading him for money this year.

In some senses, it is a shame that Rojo is going to be sold. In terms of passion, he has it all and in ability and positioning, as he can play in the left-back position also and was intrinsic in that position when Luke Shaw suffered his horrifying double leg fracture a few years ago. It seems like a different time as Louis Van Gaal was the manager of the club then.

Rojo played a big part under Van Gaal, then in Jose Mourinho’s first season, played more times than he had in a season before at the club, then his appearances started to shorten as other players began to arrive at the club, lessening his grip on a first team place. Under Solskjaer, Rojo seemed to be out in the cold, which might have been unfortunate for him.

One thing is sure though, Solskjaer means business at the club and is seeking to bring back the glory days, which have not really been seen since Sir Alex Ferguson was stood on the touchline jeering his players on. In the long seven years since Ferguson retired, United has won two FA Community Shields, one EFL Cup (now the Carabao Cup) and the UEFA Europa League.

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