Marcos Rojo was Louis van Gaal’s first acquisition as a United manager, back in 2014. The Dutchman was supposedly ” enchanted” by his performance against the Netherlands in the World Cup, and subsequently bought him to Old Trafford. However, the Argentine has failed to replicate his form on the pitch, and has spent more time off the pitch than on it. Inconsistency and lack of discipline (he was caught on camera smoking cigarettes in America last year) has cost him his place in the line up, and even the United faithful, who backed him for his passion and commitment to the shirt, has now grown disillusioned of him.
Rojo’s best position is undoubtedly at full back, however van Gaal has used him mostly as a centre back. In most games, he has looked like a square peg in a round hole, and and even Van Gaal acknowledged earlier this term Rojo prefers to play at full-back – something that was patent during the World Cup. United, though, have a plethora of options there. Luke Shaw, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Ashley Young, Joe Riley, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Matteo Darmian had all played at left-back last season.
Daley Blind and Chris Smalling have been rock solid at centre back position, meaning Rojo who displaced his shoulder last November has been made to sit on the bench more often than not. Moreover, his issues with fitness and poor form haven’t helped his cause one bit, as the ex United Gaffer made him sit out six weeks during the opening stages of the 2015-16 campaign due to his physical bluntness.
With Eric Bailly joining the club as a centre back, it’s unlikely that Jose Mourinho sees any use of Rojo in the squad. He doesnt have the physical toughness or the game reading abilities the Portugese demands from his defenders, and it would make sense for the Red Devils to offload him in the summer, something that would have been done in January itself if the South American hadn’t been injured.