With reports claiming that Phil Jones and Chris Smalling will be Jose Mourinho’s first choice centre back pairing next season, along with the signing of Eric Bailly and the return of Luke Shaw to full fitness, it appears the future of Marcos Rojo at Old Trafford is in huge doubt.
Spanish newspaper Marca is reporting that Villarreal could swoop for the Argentine international after he failed to impress during his short stay in Manchester, having been signed by former manager Louis Van Gaal.
Injuries have halted his progress to some degree, while his versatility actually proved to be a stumbling block in his efforts to hold down a regular starting berth at Old Trafford than a benefit.
Having sold Bailly to United last month, Villarreal are said to be looking at Rojo as a possible replacement and see his versatility as an added bonus.
Marca claim United will likely want to recoup as much money as possible on the defender having signed him for a fee of €20 million, though the Red Devils may also be willing to let him go on loan to get him off the wage bill in the interim.
Villarreal, unlike Manchester United, will play in the Champions League next season and this may entice Rojo to leave Old Trafford, where he is not expected to be in Mourinho’s first team plans.
The 26-year-old, along with Daley Blind and Juan Mata, are believed to be fighting for their futures under Mourinho, with Rojo at a distinct disadvantage given he will more than likely miss the pre-season tour of China because of Argentina’s run in the Copa America earlier in the summer.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena