September 7, 2019
Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has reportedly given the club an ultimatum to play him or let him leave. The Argentinian was linked with a deadline day move to Everton last month, which failed, also being linked with a departure with the club effectively paying him to leave, which never materialised either.
Last season, Rojo made just six appearances for the Old Trafford club, five of them coming in the Premier League alone. The 29-year-old is clearly not in with much opportunity to play on a week by week basis under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but an injury to Luke Shaw saw him included in the match day squad for the 1-1 draw at Southampton last weekend.
Rojo can play at left-back, also as a central defender. When he played last season, despite being a breath of fresh air at times, he was also a liability due to his rash tackling technique. He also does not give me the impression that defence, at the standard needed, is in his locker, however, that is my own opinion.
Currently, Rojo has a chance to get himself into the first team again with the injury to Eric Bailly, which will see him on the sidelines until the Christmas period. If Shaw is out for any period of time, with Ashley Young playing at left-back, Rojo could be a player from the bench, if needed. If Aaron Wan-Bissaka is out for a period of time, Rojo may actually play.
In the summer, Rojo lost his place in the Argentina squad for the Copa America and he will need to play regularly in order to get back into contention at international level. However, in a central defensive capacity, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, and Axel Tuanzebe seem to be ahead of him, leaving him with work to do.
Phil Jones could also be considered ahead of him, although he is yet to make a match day squad this season. Playing at left-back, which is not really a position that he should be considered for, is his best option but Solskjaer should utilise youth with the likes of Demetri Mitchell and Brandon Williams two of the available options.