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Rojo – Happy at United and wants to play more

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Argentine defender Marcos Rojo insists he is happy at United and simply wants to play more football.

Rojo was signed by Louis van Gaal during his tenure as United manager. He is one of the few survivors from the Van Gaal era.

There were strong rumours that Rojo was set to leave this summer, but United pulled the plug on a move at the last minute.

The defender was an Argentina national team regular, up until his recent run on injuries and subsequent lack of playing time.

Rojo not only sees this season as an opportunity to prove his worth at Old Trafford but also get a recall for the 2020 Copa America.

Speaking to The Athletic, reported by goal.com, he maintains he and his family are happy in Manchester.

He said:

“I’m happy here. I want to play; I want to be a regular.”

“My best position is a central defender, that’s where I want to play, but I’m happy to be used as a full-back too.”

“I’m in very good condition this season. The pre-season was right and I’ve not been able to say that in other years because I’ve had injuries.”

“I love it here. It’s tranquil.”

“My daughters are fully adapted here. They speak perfect English, my family is happy here. I can speak some English too.”

“I’ve been here in the first team for longer than any other club in my career. I’m happy, I just want to play more.”

“It’s a big season for me – I want to play in the Copa America in my home country next year too.”

There was the talk of a bust-up with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after he blocked a move to Everton over the summer.

Rojo has a good relationship with his manager and likes the way things are going.

He added:

“He’s a good person.”

“He has the long-term ideas to improve the team and I have confidence in him.”

“Training is fine, we work hard but we know it’s all about results and we know we have not been getting them.”

It is highly unlikely that Rojo will get the opportunity to play in his favoured role, barring an injury nightmare of cataclysmic proportions at United.

He is a fan favourite and has shown he is a capable squad member when he is needed.

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KAZAN, RUSSIA – JUNE 30: Marcos Rojo of Argentina looks on during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between France and Argentina at Kazan Arena on June 30, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)