Marcos Rojo hasn’t exactly fallen out of favour at Old Trafford but, he has been sidelined a lot due to injury. Just as he was about to claim his place in Manchester United’s starting eleven, as cover for Luke Shaw at left back, he sustains another injury.
During pre-season, he was given extended leave due to late involvement in the Copa América, but passport issues further delayed his return to the first team.
The Argentinean has always played as a centre back at his domestic clubs but, on the international stage, he is a very accomplished left back.
On the left side of defence, he helped Argentina to reach the 2014 World Cup final.
Last season, Rojo’s first as a Red Devil, saw him only take to the field 26 times. He sustained a few mid-severity injuries that kept him out for 11 Premier League games last season.
The 25 year old is strong and quick but hasn’t managed to adapt to Premier League football yet. This is most likely due to inconsistent play. But, he is expected to return after the international break, and provide some much needed relief to the current temporary left back, Ashley Young.
After failing to sign him this summer, Russian Football Championship side, Zenit St. Petersburg, have continued to attempt to bring Marcos Rojo to Eastern Europe.
Marcos Rojo decided to stay at Manchester United, and fight for his place in the team but, if he doesn’t get sufficient game time by January, it’s conceivable that he’ll want to move away from the club.
Manchester Untied have also been heavily linked to FC Porto’s Bruno Martins Indi, who can also play left back or centre back very well. His signing could spell the end of Rojo’s term at United.
At Zenit, Marcos Rojo would team up with fellow countryman Ezequiel Garay in the middle of defence or, would have to contend with Italian left back, Domenico Criscito, who cost the Russian side £11 million back in 2011.
If he were to move away from Old Trafford, it would most likely be at the end of the season, as Louis van Gaal needs all of the defensive depth that he can get.