Monday evening was a disappointing night for Man Utd, as the Red Devils fell to a 1-0 defeat against Premier League leaders Chelsea. Of course, the disappointment means that Jose Mourinho’s side are out of the FA Cup, which leaves the Europa League as the only chance for more silverware this season at Old Trafford.
Following the game, much of the talk has been centred around Marcos Rojo’s performance. More specifically, it has centred around an alleged stamp that the defender committed on Chelsea winger Eden Hazard. Whilst the incident was certainly a nasty one, it has marred what was an otherwise stellar performance by the Argentine defender.
Defensively, Marcos Rojo was a marvel for Man Utd, finishing the game with more tackles, interceptions, clearances and blocked shots than any other player in a red shirt. Indeed, the six tackles that he was able to contribute certainly went a long way to preventing Chelsea running away with the game – whilst his clearances and blocked shots also contributed to a strong defensive display.
He was also able to contribute one key pass, which hints that his participation wasn’t just defensive – whilst 42 touches prove his involvement in the game was frequent.
Following the arrival of Jose Mourinho, Rojo has finally begun to earn his stripes in a Man United shirt, and this performance vindicated the Portuguese manager’s decision to give him a chance. He has made 14 starts in the Premier League so far and – barring a major suspension – you can expect him to make several more as the campaign continues to heat up.