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Why Man Utd defender Marcos Rojo is training with another club

By Steve Jennings

Published: 18:39, 21 March 2019

Argentine club Estudiantes have confirmed Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has been given permission to train with them during the current international break.

Rojo, who came through the ranks at Estudiantes before moving to Europe, faces an uncertain future at Old Trafford.

Why is Marcos Rojo training with his former club? Five key things to know…

  1. Rojo hasn’t played a single minute of football since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over at Manchester United in December.
  2. The Argentinian had made just three appearances this term before Jose Mourinho’s sacking.
  3. Estudiantes have said Rojo is simply “staying in shape” by training with them during the international break.
  4. The 29-year-old missed the beginning of the season with a knee injury and has seemingly failed to regain full fitness.
  5. He is contracted until the summer of 2021 but is likely to leave United at the end of the current campaign.

Estudiantes tweeted about Rojo’s presence on Wednesday, confirming the defender has been given special permission to train away from United.

“Nothing beats spending your birthday at home!” Estudiantes posted. “Marcos Rojo was present at City Bell to be able to train and stay in shape with the special permission of Man Utd.”

Will Rojo leave Man United this summer?

Rojo joined United from Sporting Lisbon almost five years ago after impressing for Argentina at the 2014 World Cup.

He has made 110 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions, but his time at the club looks to be coming at the end.

Despite his ability to play at both left-back and centre-back, Solskjaer seems to prefer different options in both positions.

Luke Shaw appears to have cemented the left-back spot, while Solskjaer has landed on a first-choice centre-back pairing of Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof.

What’s more, United are likely to buy another centre-back this summer, making Rojo surplus to requirements.

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