Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo is still determined to nail down a first-team sport at the club.
The Argentine international has been used sparingly by new manager José Mourinho, as he is yet to feature at all in the Premier League and has only one EFL Cup and two Europa League starts to his name this season.
The few appearances he has made have not gone down well, with the Manchester United fan backlash to his role in the 1-0 defeat to Feyenoord particularly vicious.
Even accounting for the loss through injury of Luke Shaw at left-back, Rojo has been unable to force his way into Mourinho’s plans and for all the world it seems only a matter of time that he, along with Matteo Darmian and Bastian Schweinsteiger, is told to find himself a new club.
Not that Rojo himself shares that viewpoint. Speaking to ESPN Radio Argentina, the 26-year-old says that the manager has already told him that he is part of the first-team plans, and praised Mourinho’s man-management skills:
“A lot had been said about how [Mourinho] didn’t want me,
“But, from the first day that I arrived, he told me that he had me in mind and that he was counting on me.
“He is a very good and very demanding manager. I like the way he thinks and how he treats his players. I was pleasantly surprised. I have to keep working to earn more playing time on the field now, which is what I want.”
Rojo is currently away on international duty with the Argentina, which might be his only avenue for first-team football for the time being.
Rojo might be confident of eventually becoming a prominent member of the starting eleven at Old Trafford, but on the evidence of this season that seems unlikely.