Marcos Rojo’s permanent move to Boca Juniors went through this week. United wished him well, after seven seasons at the club.

Rojo’s last appearance for United came at the end of 2019. He played one game on loan for Estudiantes in 2020, and another for United’s under-23 side later in the year.

Despite this lack of action, much of it down to injury problems, Rojo says he is determined to make his time at Boca Juniors a big success.

Manchester United - Press Conference And Training Session
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He told the club website he has a lot to offer and can’t wait to get started.

Rojo said: “I am very happy to be here. There were calls from other clubs, but I had already made the decision so I am very happy to be in Boca. Today I have to defend these colors and I am going to do it to [the] death.”

“It is a very important step in my career, a new challenge. I am 30 years old and have a lot to give, I am happy and very motivated to start playing, I already felt the affection of the people at the club and it is something very nice.”

Rarely let United down

Rojo’s passion on the pitch was always unquestioned. He pushed the limits as far as he could, and it was remarkable that he ended his United career without a single sending off to his name.

 

In the first half of the 2019/20 season he started four out of six Europa League games and played well, with United keeping clean sheets in all four.

At this stage though, it was important to let him move on, with Rojo simply draining the club’s wage bill as he was not in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.

If he can stay fit then there is little doubt he will do well at Boca. The club’s website says he underwent a ‘rigorous medical’, so hopefully he will stay healthy and show why he is still regarded as one of Argentina’s top defenders.

January 2021 exits

  1. Max Haygarth to Brentford B

    Loan made permanent

  2. Luca Ercolani to Carpi

    Permanent (undisclosed)

  3. Ethan Laird to MK Dons

    Loan

  4. Timothy Fosu-Mensah to Bayer Leverkusen

    Permanent (£1.5 million)

  5. Di’Shon Bernard to Salford City

    Loan extension to end of the season

  6. Jacob Carney to Portadown

    Loan

  7. Lukasz Bejger to Slask Wroclaw

    Permanent (undisclosed)

  8. Odion Ighalo

    Loan expired

  9. Jesse Lingard to West Ham

    Loan (£1.5m fee)

  10. James Garner to Nottingham Forest

    Loan

  11. Tahith Chong to Club Brugge

    Loan

  12. Facundo Pellistri to Alaves

    Loan

  13. Teden Mengi to Derby County

    Loan

  14. Marcos Rojo to Boca Juniors

    Free

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