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Rojo confirms he is in Solskjaer’s plans after training with another club

By Chris Smith

Published: 12:20, 13 April 2019

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has revealed he is a part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.

The Argentina international has been restricted to just four appearances across all competitions for the Red Devils this season thanks to fitness issues and competition for places at centre-back.

Rojo was allowed to train with Estudiantes in his homeland during the recent international break in a bid to regain fitness, and made a 13-minute cameo during United’s 2-1 win over Watford in March.

And the 29-year-old has now revealed the ‘very good’ relationship he has with Solskjaer and that the Norwegian has given him assurances over the future playing time.

“It’s been very good,” Rojo told MUTV.

“Since he [Ole] arrived, he’s had an incredible relationship with me.

“When he got here, he told me I was part of his plans and that he wanted me to get myself fully fit.

“He helped me a lot because I was coming off a bad run of injuries and he told me to not worry and just concentrate calmly on making progress in my rehab and recovery.

“That was important to me and then as I’ve said, he allowed me to go back to Argentina to be with my family a while, as we didn’t have any fixtures.”

Rojo then lauded Solskjaer’s man management skills, which have played a huge part in United’s turnaround since his appointment.

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He added: “I think his most positive feature is the way he is close to the players and he understands them very well too because he had a long career as a player himself and he played a long time here at this club too.

“I think that you can see that in his ideas on how to play the game and getting back to what United was before. He’s very positive, always helping and always giving advice.”

With Luke Shaw suspended for Saturday’s game against West Ham, Rojo could be in with a chance of making his first team return.

Rojo looking forward to Champions League challenge

Rojo is now fit and ready for action once again at a time when United are in a battle to finish in the Premier League’s top four, as well as stay in this season’s Champions League after losing their quarter-final first leg 1-0 to Barcelona on Wednesday.

However, the former Sporting man admits he is looking forward to the challenges and believes the season run-in will be ‘fun’.

“There aren’t many games left,” Rojo said. “But they do come quickly one after another. I think we have about a month and a bit left of just nothing but matches, which is going to be a lot of fun between now and the end of the season.

“We’ve got a lot of big stuff ahead of us and some important challenges that we are still competing for so, yeah, it’s great!”

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