Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provided a big update in the pre-match conference before they host Watford in FA Cup today. The contracts of two players, Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero, which are expiring at the end of this season won’t be extended.
“Both of them have contracts until the summer and they’re not going to be extended. We’re looking for them to find clubs,” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Rojo and Romero joined Manchester United in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Both of the players featured in the 2014 World Cup final for Argentina. A number of good performances from Marcos Rojo in the World Cup prompted Louis Van Gaal to sign the defender. Man United paid £16m to Sporting Lisbon to acquire his services.
Sergio Romero joined the Louis Van Gaal squad after his contract expired at Sampdoria. At that time, he was Argentina’s first-choice goalkeeper and already had 62 international caps under his belt.
How the two players have fared at Man United?
Over his six-year stay at Old Trafford, Marcos Rojo has developed an image of being a rugged defender. He is a player who plays for the shirt with all his heart. But, his rash tackles and technical frailties have often proven to be costly for Man United. He has played at both left-back and centre-back positions but failed to cement his place in the first XI.
Rojo did not have the pace and crossing abilities to play regularly at the left-back spot. Also, he failed to provide robustness and security as a centre half.
In 122 appearances for the Reds, Rojo has scored two goals. Even though there were many shortcomings, Rojo was always considered to be a sound squad player. He was always ready to show up whenever the team wanted him to.
Sergio Romero has been an excellent player for Man United. He has made 61 appearances for United over the span of the past five years. He kept his position between the sticks when Manchester United defeated Ajax 2-0 in the 2017 Europa League final.
It was never going to be easy for Sergio Romero to get an ample amount of game time as David De Gea was always the first choice. Yet, he never complained and kept a good demeanor in the team. Arguably, he was the best second-choice goalkeeper all over Europe.
Is this the right decision by Man United?
Marcos Rojo’s last appearance for Man United came in November 2019. He was sent on a loan last season at Estudiantes to get some game time. Solskjaer has a good number of options at the back. And, all of them are ahead of Marcos Rojo. Thus, it makes sense to let him off the wage books.
Talking about Sergio Romero, he certainly has the quality to stay at United. But, with Dean Henderson coming back to Old Trafford this season, he has lost his spot of being the second-choice goalkeeper. Dean Henderson is highly regarded and is touted to be next number one for Reds after David De Gea. Due to this, Romero will find it very tough to play games.
Romero was supposed to join Everton this summer but his move to Merseyside collapsed at the last moments. He was left out of United’s Premier League squad and failed to play a single game all season. The best Manchester United can do is to let him free as soon as possible.