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Manchester United receive massive boost ahead of weekend’s clash vs Aston Villa

Manchester United have received a massive boost before their weekend’s clash against Aston Villa as summer signing Marcos Rojo is set to return from injury. DAILY STAR reports that the Argentine defender is set to return after missing several weeks, thanks to a dislocated shoulder from the first week of November. Louis Van Gaal’s side are in a great run of form having won their last six league matches and head to Villa Park just eight points behind leaders Chelsea.


The 24 year old has impressed since his summer move to Old Trafford and has returned to full training and is also expected to make the staring eleven against Villa as United would be searching for yet another win against Paul Lambert’s struggling side. Rojo has also been in good form and his return in the heart of defense would come as a huge boost to the Red Devils.

It was believed that youngster was in line to face fierce rivals Liverpool, the clash which United won 3-0 but Van Gaal didn’t want to risk the versatile defender. Van Gaal had said to MUTV, “Rojo felt something yesterday, and I didn’t want to take a risk. If a player is complaining about a knock, I ask whether or not they want to play, and that’s the end of it. So, I played Phil Jones today.”

United have also been forced to field a makeshift back-line in the past few weeks with Anton Valencia and Ashley Young being played in the full backs role.

Good news for Manchester United as trio are set to return

Manchester United have received a huge injury boost in the form of Marcos Rojo as the center back returned to training this week. The Argentine international suffered from a shoulder injury in the game against Manchester City in the 1st week of November and has missed the last two games. The 24-year old isn’t match fit yet which means he could miss the next game against Hull City this Saturday but could be in contention for his side’s clash against Stoke on December 2nd; exactly a month after suffering the injury.


Rojo was set to miss out six weeks due to the injury but has recuperated well. United have been unlucky with the number of injuries they have had but with an international break this month, they were somewhat fortunate as they played only a few games with a makeshift defence.

Jonny Evans and Ander Herrera appear for the u21 side; could face Hull City

Louis Van Gaal will also have the option of recalling Jonny Evans to the 1st team squad as the 26-year old appeared in the Manchester United u21 side. Evans played 64 minutes before being substituted against Blackburn on Tuesday. He is slowly regaining match fitness and revealed, “It’s nice to get 60-odd minutes under my belt. It’s been a long time coming. I didn’t expect to be out this long so I’m pleased to get some minutes. I thought the lads played well and it was an enjoyable game to be part of.

“I think the manager will have to assess that [a first-team recall] and also the fitness coaches. I’ve been training for a week or two now but it’s taking me time to get my fitness up as I’ve been out for so long.”

Spaniard Ander Herrera too appeared after missing the last four games and played the whole ninety minutes. The duo could be in contention to come off the bench if required but might not be fit enough to start the game.

Team News: Manchester United to miss two key players against Crystal Palace

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal confirmed that they’ll be without the services of Radamel Falcao and Marcos Rojo against Crystal Palace. Falcao has missed the last two games against Chelsea and Manchester City after picking up a calf injury in training and is yet to recover fully. Van Gaal revealed that the game against Palace will come too soon for the Chilean, “The problem for Falcao is because of balance in the game. I had to change, he came in and assisted a goal. Then in training he was injured.”


The Dutchman also revealed that prior to his recent injury, he did not feature much mainly due to tactical reasons, “I cannot judge now because he is injured and I changed him not because of his performance but because of the balance of the team, which is much more important than the individual.”

In their last game against Manchester City, the United backline comprised of Valencia, McNair, Carrick and Shaw as summer signing Marcos Rojo injured his shoulder in the 1st half and had to be taken off and Chris Smalling was given his marching orders. Van Gaal could go with the same players again as he said that Rojo will miss some time due to a dislocated shoulder, “Rojo dislocated his shoulder but he did it as positive a way as you can.

“We do not need him to have an operation, so that is a relief but maybe with this injury it is very likely that it can happen again and that is the problem.

“There is the risk it can happen again. The human body is made by God, not me. But it can be less than six weeks.”

Van Gaal rejects opinions of weak defence

The United defence was being laughed at last time but still performed admirably against Manchester City. Van Gaal went on to support his backline and said that they have done pretty well except against Leicester City, “I don’t agree with your opinion of the defence (that it’s too weak).

“If you don’t count the five goals at Leicester, we have better than Chelsea I believe. That’s not the problem, the balance is.

“That is why I have remodelled the structure of my team. Now I have to solve the problems of the injuries every week, that’s another story.”

United are up against Crystal Palace who are in 17th position in the League. Van Gaal’s team are playing at home, which could be a big factor as they have been far more impressive at Old Trafford compared to playing away from home.

Injury Blow For Manchester United As £16m Defender Could Miss 3 Months

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has been ruled out for a period of at least 6 weeks and could face an even longer period on the sidelines if he undergoes a surgery on his shoulder. At first, it was thought that the Argentine might have dislocated his shoulder, but it is yet to be confirmed by the club and the player himself who revealed on twitter that “it was nothing”. The 24-year old injured his shoulder during a challenge on Martin Demichelis in the Manchester derby and had to be carried off with a stretcher.


Manager Louis Van Gaal had told Sky Sports after the game against Manchester City that Rojo will most definitely miss the next game against Crystal Palace, “The shoulder is out, you never know how long that will take, I have to wait until tomorrow I think but he shall not play against Crystal Palace (on Saturday).”


According to the mirror, the £16m summer signing could miss up to 3 months of action if his shoulder is operated upon. If that happens then Van Gaal will have a major problem to deal with as they’ll be without Phil jones, Jonny Evans and Marcos Rojo in defence. Chris Smalling was sent off in the derby this Sunday and he’ll automatically serve a 1-match ban. The result is that we could be looking at a makeshift back four with Michael Carrick playing as a center back alongside Paddy McNair. Van Gaal has the option of recalling Tyler Blackett into the main team, but the presence of Carrick will definitely be a better option instead of deploying two inexperienced defenders.

Van Gaal will be pleased by what he saw in the last 20 minutes against Manchester City and will hope that the team will put a similar shift in their next fixture against Palace. The defeat against City has left United in 10th place, 13 points behind league leaders Chelsea with only 10 games played.


(PICTURE) Official! Marcos Rojo In Manchester United Colours

Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Argentine defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon for a €20m deal with midfielder Nani heading the other way.

The 24 year old comes on the back of a fantastic World Cup campaign with his national side after having been narrolwy pipped by Germany in the final at the Maracana. Rojo was also named in the Castrol Index All Star Team of the tournament


Rojo can play either as a centre back or slot in as a left wing back and its his tactical flexibility to play in a number of positions  that provoked new United manager Louis Van Gaal to pursue his chase for the defender.

Rojo seemed delighted with the move to Old Trafford and sounded keen to do well in the Red Devisl colours, “It is such an honour to say that I now play for Manchester United. The Premier League is the most exciting league in the world and to have the chance to play in it for the world’s biggest club is a dream for me.”

Rojo is United’s third summer signing of the summer after Luke Shaw from Southampton and Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao and will wear the number five shirt at the club

Manchester United Prepare £16m Swoop For World Cup Star

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal is set to strengthen his squad ahead of the brand new season and if reports from Guardian are to be believed, the Red Devils are ready to offer Sporting Lisbon £16m (€20) for the services of Argentina’s World Cup star Marcos Rojo. The 24 year old defender who primarily is deployed as a left wing back can also shuttle in as a central defender would seamlessly fit into United’s 3-5-2 system under Van Gaal. Rojo had a fantastic World Cup in Brazil and was also named in the team of the tournament, thus it’s no wonder than the Red Devils are set to pursue their interest in the Argentine.

Southampton are also interested in the player but the Saints had their £9.5m bid rejected the previous week. Saints manager Ronald Koeman said: “We are interested in Rojo but the transfer is a question for the chairman and (executive director) Les Reed.” Sky Sports have now reported that Rojo has himself handed in a transfer request and has pleaded with his current club that he wants to leave. Rojo did not train with Sporting on Tuesday which would very well suggest that the World Cup runner up could be heading to the exit door from Sporting.

Sporting president Bruno Carvalho however spoke tough and concluded that the club will not be forced to let away their prized assets, “Players have expectations, and Sporting will always try to see what can be done about that. But we will not give yield to pressure from agents and funds, we will not yield to attitudes that disrespect the club.”

Third party rights on the player concerned however might see Sporting get only 25% of Rojo’s transfer deal as the remaining 75% belonging to the Doyen group. Thus they would only earn around £4m for the player and are thus ready to play hardball as the club would get only peanuts should a deal be struck. Will United have to increase their bid or will Rojo’s persistence see him leave Sporting? We shall have the answer in the coming days.