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Man Utd must get rid of Marcos Rojo in January

Despite Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s recent departure to Bayer Leverkusen, Manchester United still have a lot of work to do over the course of the January transfer window.

The Red Devils find themselves in the Premier League title race this season, and if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side do intend to get their hands on the elusive trophy then they should also look to offload a large chunk of the deadwood that is bogging them down.

What’s the word?

According to Argentine journalist Nahuel Ferreira, via Sport Witness, £16m man Marcos Rojo ‘seeks to terminate his contract’ with the Red Devils.

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Whilst several reports have suggested Boca Juniors are leading the race to sign the former Argentina international on a free transfer, it’s claimed Mexican side Cruz Azul have held initial discussions with his representatives over a possible move.

However, Ferreira suggested United have still yet to decide whether or not they will allow Rojo to leave in this transfer window, although the club have apparently confirmed his current deal will not be renewed.

What are they waiting for?

Ed Woodward has done a pretty decent job when it comes to shifting some of the deadwood with the likes of Fosu-Mensah, Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling all heading for the Old Trafford exit in recent times.

However, much of the same old mediocrity still remains to this day, none more so than the out of favour defender Rojo, who has fallen down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and is quite frankly a waste of time, energy and resources.

Once tipped for greatness by Louis van Gaal – say no more – it’s fair to say that Rojo’s career hasn’t quite panned out as he might have expected.

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The 30-year-old, who has to be seen as wasting the Glazers’ money considering he earns around £80,000-per-week at Old Trafford, has not made a first-team appearance for more than a year and has been deemed surplus to requirements by Solskjaer with his last outing coming by way of the 3-1 victory over Brighton back in November 2019.

Solskjaer could look to offload the £5.4m-rated outcast and use his excessive wages to sign another big-name defender, with Dayot Upamecano reportedly at the top of his list of transfer targets.

It’s sad to say it, but the stats don’t lie and it seems like he’s served his purpose at Old Trafford. He hasn’t played a Premier League game in over a year and has made just one appearance in the Super Liga this season during an injury-stricken campaign in his homeland.

Just last season, he only averaged two clearances per game in three top-flight appearances, which is way below the six he was averaging in the 2017-18 season and the 6.8 he was producing the season prior to that, which seems to suggest he is well past his prime.

With Upamecano and Nikola Milenkovic two long-term targets, it’s almost certain Rojo will be forced to make room, particularly following the rise to prominence of Axel Tuanzebe this season.

United should just rid themselves of Rojo once and for all, even if they have to take a substantial hit.

AND in other news, Manchester United must offload Jesse Lingard in January

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