Solskjaer Set To Block Marcos Rojo From Leaving In January

Manchester United's Marcos Rojo.

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Manchester United have a big winter transfer window ahead with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expected to plug the holes that have caused his side woe for much of this season.

While arrivals are crucial to their overhaul, there are still talents already at Old Trafford who are attractive to other outfits and the club has to make a decision on their future too.

According to the Sun, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will block Marcos Rojo’s alleged winter move to Everton. The Toffees had made an attempt to acquire the Argentine defender late in the summer window but didn’t meet United’s valuation.

There were murmurs that Everton would try their luck again in January.

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But now, the report cites an Old Trafford source to have stated: “The manager has been impressed with how Marcos has knuckled down since he almost left for Everton. He hasn’t moaned about it, Ole knows he is a top defender when he can keep himself fit. He doesn’t see anybody available out there in January who could improve on Marcos.”

The central defensive pairing of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof has had mixed results so far this campaign. While Maguire is a staunch centre-back who is staying true to his ball-carrying capabilities, Lindelof has been descending back to poor form in the recent games.

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As of such, Rojo, who is versatile and has been deployed across the backline, could be an alternative option instead of the Swede. He finds himself most needed when the Norwegian boss opts for a back-three. However, even in that formation, Rojo has been prone to errors.

It is evident that Solskjaer and company don’t wish to see a similar crisis that plagued them during Anthony Martial’s injury make a repeat in the event of Maguire or Lindelof picking up a knock in the upcoming busy period.

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