Rojo admits forcing through Man Utd move

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has admitted that he refused to train with previous club Sporting Lisbon in his attempts to force through the move to Old Trafford in August, reports Goal.com.

A £16m move was sealed in August with out-of-favour United winger Luis Nani going in the opposite direction on a season-long loan, but the transfer then appeared in danger of collapsing after a possible breach of third-party ownership rules.

Following the delay, Rojo decided not to take part in training with Sporting, but former United midfielder and fellow countryman Juan Sebastian Veron warned him against effectively going on strike.

“It was a huge surprise when I was told United wanted to buy me,” explained Rojo. ‘I was in Portugal when my representative told me. He asked me to stay calm but I could not. I started living this dream.

“I could not think of anything else. I would call him every day, but when it seemed the transfer would not happen then I refused to work with Sporting. That was when Veron played his part in the process. He was like a strict father to me, scolding me.

“Veron called me one day when I had refused to train with Sporting and said ‘Do not be stubborn. If Manchester United wants a player then they will not let you escape.’ And so I went back… and the transfer went ahead.”

The 24-year-old has so far made seven appearances for United, but is currently on the sidelines after suffering a dislocated shoulder in the Manchester derby on November 2.

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