Marcos Rojo became the first Manchester United player to feature on international duty this break when he started for Argentina last night.

Rojo featured in a friendly match against Germany in a repeat of the 2014 World Cup final.

Germany were heading to a win while Rojo was on the pitch, his performance did not go well.

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He started alongside City defender Nicolas Otamendi as part of a centre-back pairing which asked for trouble.

Serge Gnabry and Kai Havertz both scored to put Germany 2-0 up at half-time, and Rojo was substituted off at the break. It was impossible to tell whether it was a pre-planned change, or due to his poor performance.

 

United’s official website reported: “Unfortunately, Rojo then lost the ball and his error led to Kai Havertz doubling the home team’s lead.”

Rojo has been working his way back into United’s team lately, starting against AZ Alkmaar at centre-back, and then coming on against Newcastle, a tactical move which was criticised by supporters.

It is odd that Rojo still starts regularly for Argentina despite his lack of action for United, especially with the next World Cup three years away. This performance was a knock against his future starting opportunities.

Argentina scored twice in the second half to earn a 2-2 draw thanks to a brace from Lucas Alario.

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The online reaction to Rojo’s performance said it all, while several fans were simply bemused that he was still a starter for Argentina…

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