Marcos Rojo has finally sealed his departure from Manchester United to seal a return to his homeland by joining Boca Juniors.
Manchester United have made an official statement to confirm that Marcos Rojo’s time at Old Trafford has come to a close. The Argentine defender has returned to his homeland by joining South American giants Boca Juniors for an undisclosed transfer fee.
Marcos Rojo joined Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2014 on the back of an impressive campaign with Argentina at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Upon making his move to Old Trafford, the versatile defender was unable to nail down a spot as a regular in the first-team setup, owing to injuries and inconsistencies.
Marcos Rojo at Manchester United:
• 122 appearances
• 0 red cards
Some achievement. 👀 pic.twitter.com/p1KoPowfsq
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) February 2, 2021
Rojo’s best spell at Manchester United came under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho, who brought the best out of the mercurial Argentine international at different stages of stint at the Red Devils’ manager. However, upon the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Rojo’s stock steadily declined, with his fortunes once again declining due to fitness issues.
In fact, after failing to win over Solskjaer, Rojo was hauled off on loan by Manchester United in the second half of last season to his first club Estudiantes. However, injuries resurfaced again and Rojo managed just one outing for Estudiantes, who chose not to sign him permanently last summer.
Upon returning to Manchester United, Rojo became a peripheral figure and was completely frozen out of the first-team picture by Solskjaer. As the winter transfer window approached, it had become clear that Rojo had no future at Old Trafford and links with Boca Juniors subsequently emerged.
¡Bienvenido, Marcos! 💙💛💙
— Boca Juniors (@BocaJrsOficial) February 2, 2021
The move has now come to fruition, with Rojo bringing an end to his six-and-a-half-year spell with Manchester United. The 30-year-old has joined the Argentinean giants on a permanent deal for an undisclosed transfer fee, having completed his medical on Monday, read Boca Juniors’ official statement.
Rojo’s Manchester United spell ends after 122 appearances, having won 4 trophies with the Premier League heavyweights. Boca Juniors, meanwhile, have their first signing of 2021 in the 30-year-old and it will be interesting to see if he can resurrect his career at Estadio Alberto J. Armando.