The former was not involved in the club’s pre-season tour and has been strongly linked with a loan move to Fenerhache.
Darmian, on the other hand, has been linked with a return to Italy all summer but started the season at right-back amid injuries to Antonio Valencia and new signing Diogo Dalot.
According to ESPN‘s Rob Dawson, Mourinho wants the pair to stay following the club’s failure to sign a central defender and current lack of options at full-back, but will not stand in their way should they choose to leave.
Rojo’s predicament at Old Trafford feels more tenuous. He only managed nine league appearances last term and lies way down the defensive pecking order. Surely a move away – perhaps back to Portugal, perhaps to Spain, perhaps to Turkey – will be the best thing for him.
The issue of Darmian is a trickier one. You can only really imagine him returning to Serie A but the transfer deadline in Italy is on Friday, giving the 28-year-old a matter of days to organise a move away from Manchester. Mourinho, you suspect, will want the unremarkable yet dogged Italian to stay.