Man Utd perform U-turn as future of exit-linked defender decided

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Manchester United have made a U-turn over Marcos Rojo’s future by allowing him to leave for Estudiantes on loan in the final days of the January transfer window, according to reports.

The Daily Mail claims that United have given permission to the Argentina international to move back to the club he started his career with.

This follows manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s claim that the 29-year-old defender will not leave this week, despite having not played for two-and-a-half months.

Solskjaer said that the Argentina international has been working hard to get back to full fitness and ruled out a move.

However, the newspaper has now claimed that Rojo will leave, having been convinced by Estudiantes chairman and former United midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron that he can get back to his best ahead of the Copa America this summer.

Rojo has been on United’s books since the summer of 2014 when he was signed from Sporting Lisbon by then manager Louis van Gaal.

The defender arrived on the back of strong performances for Argentina at the 2014 World Cup finals, but he has struggled to hit those dizzy heights at Old Trafford.



Rojo, who can operate either at centre-back or left-back, has played just 122 minutes in the Premier League and has featured in four Europa League games for the Red Devils this season.

The Argentine made just five appearances in the league last season and only nine during the 2017-18 campaign, although there have been injury concerns.

United, who are fifth in the Premier League table at the moment with 34 points from 24 matches, will take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final tie on Wednesday.

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