Marcos Rojo will play no part in Manchester United’s game against Arsenal today as he is yet to recover from a hamstring injury.
He has been missing ever since Southampton away and clearly hasn’t been able to regain his match fitness yet thanks to the hamstring problem which has currently sidelined him.
Louis van Gaal has recently said he was frustrated that Rojo hadn’t informed the medical team about his hamstring problem quickly enough and he’s admitted that United are struggling to replace Shaw at the moment.
“We lost Luke Shaw and that is a big blow,” van Gaal told reporters this week.
“I have said already in the first press conferences that this season shall be the season of Luke Shaw and he was the only position that we didn’t have double-occupied, so the circumstances are not so good.
“I have to look for solutions. You have seen that – I have tried it with Young, Darmian, Rojo and Blind – four players have played in that position after Shaw and we have won everything. But, in my opinion, we don’t have a good substitute for Luke with the [same] qualities, so it is a big blow.”
Instead of travelling down for the Arsenal game, Rojo is relaxing at home with his family.
Rojo is the only natural left-back United have in the squad who could be a like-for-like Shaw replacement but he is yet to get his season started thanks to continued injury problems.
Ashley Young is most likely to start at full-back against Arsenal with Matteo Darmian switching to the left in Rojo’s absence and the longer he is completely out of action, the harder it will be for him to work his way into the starting XI.