Marcos Rojo’s six and a half years at Manchester United are almost over with Argentina’s defenders about to complete a permanent move to Boca Juniors.
Rojo has been a peripheral figure at Old Trafford since United made the controversial decision to leave the defender a new three-year contract in March 2018.
The 30-year-old has made just five Premier League starts for United since then and spent the second half of last season on loan at Estudiantes in his native Argentina.
Rojo has six months left on his United contract but is now on the verge of a transfer to Boca after failing to convince in Manchester. “It is likely that Marcos will return to Argentina,” said Ole Gunnar Solskjær, the United manager. “I think there is some paperwork left to do.”
Rojo was signed from Sporting Lisbon for £ 16 million after catching Louis van Gaal’s eye at the 2014 World Cup final, where the Dutchman was in charge of Holland before taking over as United manager.
He is the latest injured in Solskjaer’s review of United’s playing squad and his impending departure follows another defender, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who joined Bayer Leverkusen earlier this month.
Another player who has struggled to convince Solskjaer is Jesse Lingard, hoping to complete a loan flight to West Ham this weekend. West Ham have agreed to pay a loan fee of around £ 1.5 million and cover the English midfielder’s salaries. West Ham have no chance of buying the player at the end of the season as part of the deal, although it remains to be seen what happens to the 28-year-old on the line.
Solskjaer expressed hope that the move would help start Lingard’s career and that he could return to Old Trafford again.
“We want Jesse to be revived here and to have shown at West Ham how good a player he is,” said the United manager. “He has only been unhappy with a couple of problems. At times, he had to stay away from us with Covid and isolation after close contact [with someone who had the virus]. The rest of the team has done well, we have had little or no injuries, and he has unfortunately not forced himself into the team.
“I just want him to go there and have fun, show how good a player he is and come back as a Man United player through and through.”
Solskjaer said he expected Sergio Romero to stay at United until the end of the season, when his contract expires, although the Argentine goalkeeper has hoped for a move before the transfer window closes on Monday. “I have not heard anything there except that he will be with us for the rest of his contract,” said Solskjær.
Meanwhile, Facundo Pellestri – the 19-year-old Uruguayan winger who joined United from Penarol in October for £ 9m – is expected to join Spanish club Alaves on loan until the end of the season.
Another teenage winger, Amad Diallo, who completed his planned £ 37.2m move from Atalanta this month, is in line to make his United debut for the U23 team against Liverpool U23 on Saturday.
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