Marcos Rojo admits he was confused by Solskjaer’s comments


Argentina international Marcos Rojo has admitted that he was confused by the comments made by Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prior to his loan departure last month. The versatile defender was heavily touted to join Estudiantes during the closing stages of the winter transfer window and he eventually made the short-term move to his hometown club.

Prior to his exit, Solskjaer had suggested that Rojo may not leave the club before the transfer deadline and that has come as a surprise for the Argentine. Speaking to TNT, he told: “It was hard for the club to make my return difficult. We had been talking a lot. It was when the coach said that I was going to stay there. When he said that, it was already advanced. I didn’t understand why Solskjaer said it.”

Rojo has made the return to his boyhood club with the means of returning to the national setup. He has obviously been a regular feature with the Argentine side despite his reduced gametime with United but he need the assurance of first-team football with another outfit in order to push for selection ahead of the World Cup qualifiers in March.

Rojo is expected to return to Old Trafford at the end of the season and by then, he would have 12 months remaining on his United contract. Of course, the club have the option to extend his deal for another year and that could mean that they could restrict his departure until they receive a suitable offer on the table.

Everton had sought to land Rojo on loan with the option for a permanent £20m deal last summer and the Merseyside outfit could make a fresh proposal when the transfer window reopens. That could, however, depend on the requirements of manager Carlo Ancelotti, considering Rojo was the target for ex-Toffees boss Marco Silva.