Rojo shouldn’t be the Man United defender that leaves to fund Maguire deal

Argentina international Marcos Rojo is the most likely of Manchester United’s five central defenders to depart the club to fund a big-money swoop for World Cup hero Harry Maguire, according to the Daily Mirror.

What’s the story, then?

The Mirror report that because United are facing the prospect of paying £65m for Leicester colossus Maguire, Jose Mourinho must sell one of his existing options first and Rojo is the most likely candidate.

They point out that Rojo has still not linked up with the United squad despite his Argentina side being eliminated three weeks ago and Mourinho struggling for senior players out in America.

They also claim that the recent contract extension that the centre-half – valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt – signed was predominantly to protect his transfer value.

Jones and Smalling are worse than Rojo

It may well be that Rojo is most at risk because his extended deal gives him the most market value, because he is certainly not the weakest centre-half among the five at Old Trafford.

Yes, he can be impetuous in the tackle but he is an organiser, commanding in the air and capable of nullifying the best strikers when on top of his game.

By contrast, Englishmen Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are still an accident waiting to happen, still underdeveloped to the extent that they will never inspire confidence and still not at the standard required if United are to get where they need to be.