Bruno de Carvalho, the president of Sporting Lisbon, has revealed that third party owners of Marcos Rojo pressured the club management to sale the player to Manchester United.
Sporting president De Carvalho says that the third-party owners of Rojo represented themselves as the officials of Manchester United during the meetings.
World football governing body FIFA has announced its plans to ban the third party ownership system and Sporting president believes that such measure is necessary to have more transparency in the transfer market.
“We did not want Rojo to leave. He was an important player for us,” De Carvalho told the BBC World Football Show.
The member of Argentina’s World Cup team, Marcos Rojo, 24, joined Manchester United in the summer transfer window in a deal worth 24 million euros. And De Carvalho said that he was pressurized to sale his prized asset by the third party owners. He said: “The pressure was so big, they [the third-party owners] started to speak to the clubs and come here to the meetings.
“The directors thought they were people from the clubs because they were speaking in English although they were Portuguese. They believed it was a person from a club but it was a person from the funds.”
Third-party ownership (TPO) is banned in Britain, but it is still in practice in the other European markets and Latin America.
Rooney Is Too Nice: Scholes
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Rooney has lost some of his aggressive edge in recent years.
Rooney was sent off in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over West Ham for his foul against Stewart Downing but Scholes believes the newly appointed captain is “better when he’s on the edge,” and has asked him to return to the way he approached games when he was still a youngster.
“I don’t think Wayne Rooney’s tackle on Stewart Downing was the kind that hurts an opposing player,” Scholes wrote in his column in London Evening Standard.
“From what I could see of it, Rooney tried to trip him and ended up catching him higher up the leg than he had intended. It was the position on the pitch that puzzled me. It was not as if Downing was in on goal. In recent years I think he’s been too nice to opponents. You see him helping players up after challenges.
Rooney’s better when he’s nastier. That was the way he was when he came on to the scene 12 years ago. He was the player who was aggressive and did not try to hide the fact that he hated losing.”