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Marcos Rojo completes transfer from Man Utd to Boca Juniors

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Manchester United have confirmed that Marcos Rojo has completed his permanent move to Boca Juniors, ending six and a half at Old Trafford.

Rojo previously left United on loan last January when he re-signed for Estudiantes youth club, but the injury and the coronavirus pandemic limited the Argentina international to just one appearance.

After arriving from Sporting CP in 2014 after impressing at that year’s World Cup, Rojo has only played 122 times for United in all competitions. His time at Manchester was marred by injuries and poor form, with his last first-team appearance for the club in November 2019.

Rojo was expected to be released from his contract and make the trip as a free agent. However, the club said they had moved at an “undisclosed fee”.

Both left-back and center-back, Rojo has at times shown he has the ability to be a key player for United. After a shaky start, he commanded a regular spot in the 2016/17 season under Jose Mourinho, only to see his campaign end with an ACL injury. He watched the 2017 Europa League final on crutches alongside the also stricken Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcus Rojo
Injuries hampered Rojo’s career at Man Utd | Chris Brunskill Ltd / Getty Images

Rojo never really recovered from that. He returned to action in November 2017 and signed a new contract until 2021 a few months later. But in his last two and a half seasons with United, the 30-year-old has only made 17 appearances in all competitions.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now successfully cleared the majority of the poorly constructed team’s deadwood he inherited when he took office in December 2018.

Disgraced keeper Sergio Romero is still on the books and is on contract at the end of the season, although he could secure a return home to Argentina before that as the transfer window for Argentine clubs remains open until to February 18.

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