Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that Marcos Rojo has a future at Manchester United.
The Argentina centre-back almost left Old Trafford in the summer with Everton very interested in the defender, but he admitted a deal was blocked by United and “wasn’t possible”.
Still, his future has been in doubt with just one start this season in the Premier League – the impressive home draw with Liverpool. And the 29-year-old, only last month, admitted his future was at a crossroads.
“It’s a big season for me – I want to play in the Copa America in my home country next year too,” he said.
Rojo is focused on getting himself into Scaloni’s plans for the Copa America and he impressed Solskjaer with his performance against Partizan Belgrade on Thursday night.
Solskajer said: “I thought he was excellent tonight. I think he’s been excellent since we started pre-season.
“He’s played maybe more than he expected but that’s why he’s still here. He’s a top-quality footballer.
“He’s a winner, good mentality, he can pass, he can defend. ‘It’s now about keeping him fit and he’s been fit now for a long, long time and you can see his qualities.”
Asked about the prospect of Rojo leaving in January, Solskjaer added: “You know he’s got such a big heart and such a passion for football and he’s a winner.
“To have him around when he’s fit and in a good mood, good form, has been great for us.
“The boys love him, he spreads fear in training sometimes because he tackles properly.
“He’s one of the ones who really, really cares about this game. I think he’s taking his opportunities every time he’s played. He did it against Liverpool… fantastic, he wasn’t happy he didn’t play against Bournemouth of course, but he played well tonight.”