Marcos Rojo has surprisingly been named as part of Manchester United’s pre-season tour squad for the 2017 trip to USA.
Rojo suffered a cruciate ligament injury in April and had to undergo surgery which is expected to keep him out of action until September, so his inclusion in the squad is a real surprise because nobody thought he would travel in order to continue his rehabilitation.
However, Mourinho has taken him to USA and I suppose it can only be a good thing. It’s pretty much impossible that we’re going to see Rojo play given how much more recovery he’s got to go through but Mourinho places a real importance on the bonding power a pre-season can have, so he clearly wants Rojo to be part of that.
I’ll admit that last summer I wanted Rojo to be sold but he completely turned his career around with massive improvement under Mourinho and it was only a cruel injury which curtailed his progress in the final stages of the season. Were it not for that, he’d have started in the Europa League final for sure.
The arrival of Victor Lindelof adds more competition in that role for Rojo but it’s something United desperately needed and the return of UEFA Champions League football means that we’ll have plenty of tough games, much more so than the early stages of the Europa League, so we’ll need strength in depth.
I hope Rojo’s recovery can continue to go well but the mere fact he is flying out to USA suggests things are certainly heading in the right direction for him.