Solskjaer Reveals The Reason Why He Wants United To Keep Rojo

Manchester United's Marcos Rojo.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United will have to take a long look at their prospects in the upcoming winter transfer window.

While the Norwegian gaffer has already stated that expectations shouldn’t be kept up for the window, particularly with regard to arrivals, the club has to still fret over potential departures.

Many murmurs have been doing the rounds about potential exits from Old Trafford, both as part of a removal of surplus talent as well as through exciting offers from elsewhere.

Now, Solskjaer has indicated his admiration for one of the players linked to an exit.

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Speaking to the press after United’s 3-0 win over Partizan in the Europa League at Old Trafford, Solskjaer had the following to say about Marcos Rojo: “I thought he was excellent tonight. I think he’s been excellent since we started pre-season. He’s played maybe more than he expected but that’s why he’s still here.

“He’s a top-quality footballer. He’s a winner, good mentality, he can pass, he can defend. It’s now about keeping him fit and he’s been fit now for a long, long time and you can see his qualities.”

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He then weighed in on the possibility of Rojo leaving in January, although not directly replying to the query: “You know he’s got such a big heart and such a passion for football and he’s a winner. To have him around when he’s fit and in a good mood, good form, has been great for us. The boys love him, he spreads fear in training sometimes because he tackles properly.”

Solskjaer went on to add that the Argentine deeply cares about the game and takes every opportunity he gets, stressing on his impact during the Liverpool game.

Rojo was linked to Everton late in the summer window and now there have been murmurs of another attempt from the Toffees in January.