Marcos Rojo will play his first football of the season this week in an arranged friendly for Manchester United’s U21s against Ajax’s reserves.
The Argentinian defender is yet to play for Man United’s senior team as he was late back to pre-season training and is subsequently a few weeks behind the other players with his fitness levels.
A specially arranged friendly against Ajax will be a good run out for Rojo and help re-gain the match sharpness which training simply doesn’t give players.
“You are right that is a problem,” Van Gaal told reporters when asked the U21s lack of games.
“The only way is to play matches in the second team because that is the first step to coming back, so now seven or eight players have to play against Ajax, their second team, on Thursday because they also need to play 90 minutes.
“Rojo shall also play 60 minutes.”
With that in mind, Rojo has a battle on his hands to fight his way back into the team because it’s certainly not a given anymore that he is a guaranteed start when fit.
Regardless of whether van Gaal uses him, the United boss will just be glad to have more options at his disposal.