Louis van Gaal prepared to offload Marcos Rojo in January – report

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal is prepared to sell Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo in January, with Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg interested in a transfer.

The Sunday People, as reported by The Mirror, say Rojo’s relationship with van Gaal has been tainted by his failure to join the club on tour in USA because of passport problems and that he failed to be clear about his hamstring injury when returning to first-team action this year.

Last year in his first season at the club, Rojo was an important player for Man United in the heart of defence but his versatility saw him play at left-back as well, so it would come as a surprise to hear van Gaal wants to sell him, mainly for the fact we’re not exactly swimming with defensive options in the squad.

Right now, Rojo is one of only three natural centre-backs in the squad and United are already stretched by numbers. If an injury or two cropped up, Rojo would have to come straight back into the starting XI.

 

His place on the outskirts of the team so far this season has been because of his own fitness problems more than anything else thanks to an extended summer break but between now and January, Rojo will want to try and establish himself back in the team.

Previously that was at centre-back but his natural left sided play means that could evolve into the left-back role, at least until Luke Shaw returns that is.

Whilst it would be a surprise to hear van Gaal wants to sell Rojo, he does face a tough task breaking the Blind/Smalling partnership or establishing himself as United’s full-time left-back.

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