“We’re coming back to Manchester,” the Argentinian wrote on social media with a photo of his family and a private jet. “To do what exactly? Asked for a response. The answer to this question should be obvious.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been keen to get rid of any excess players over his side’s demands since taking over and it’s pretty clear to see that time is up for Rojo at Old Trafford. A buyer must be found.
United’s defensive relapse towards the end of the season has at least fueled a rather limp debate on social media to suggest that Rojo could get another crack in the first team, but even Rojo’s most ardent fan would struggle to assert that he deserves one.
The problems for Rojo are twofold. When in form, he represents a good team player, and his versatility to play both center-back and left-back certainly means he would have a worthwhile role to play in the United team. However, for a player with such a high salary, he is just not reliable enough in terms of fitness.
Rojo earns around £ 160,000 a week at Old Trafford after being awarded a three-and-a-half-year contract in March 2018. He has only started 12 times since.
United signed Rojo for £ 16million following his 2014 World Cup performances in Brazil, and although he initially played well under Louis van Gaal, it wasn’t long before his status popular among fans is rapidly starting to wane with its increased spells on the treatment table.
Solskjaer’s summer recruiting plans will be affected by the number of players United can move this summer, and although Rojo is out of contract next year, he is expected to be next on the start list as the club have already worked a minor miracle to transfer Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan.
United have tried to sell the Argentinian in four of the last five summer transfer windows, and this year it would be best for all parties involved if Ed Woodward sanctioned a discount sale. The executive vice president claimed that the club’s previous refusal to ‘destabilize’ the players partly led to Rojo’s exceptional new contract two years ago, but after learning of such mistakes they must get rid of them at all costs .
A one-season loan would effectively put an end to Rojo’s career at Old Trafford, and if a permanent buyer cannot be found, that’s a resolution that must be pushed.
Solskjaer set a precedent by removing more effective team members like Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku last year, and now it’s Rojo who needs to make room for the cultural reset to continue.