Marcos Rojo rejected chance to leave Man United as part of the Anthony Martial deal

Manchester United were willing to let defender Marcos Rojo leave Old Trafford as part of the deal that saw Anthony Martial join from Monaco, only for the Argentinian to reject a move, according to the Daily Star.

Louis van Gaal had become frustrated with the 25-year-old, the Star report, after he failed to take part in the Red Devils’ pre-season tour of America due a passport issue, and was thus happy to let him go if it helped to bring the 19-year-old to the club.

However, Rojo snubbed the chance to move to Ligue 1, having vowed to fight for his United future, and plans to hold talks with van Gaal to clear the air (via Star).

The former Sporting Lisbon man has lost his place to Daley Blind at the heart of United’s defence, and given how well he and Chris Smalling have done, Rojo faces a large task if he wishes to move back into contention.

That task will have been made all the more difficult given what van Gaal has tended to do to players that are not completely on board with his philosophy. David de Gea and Victor Valdes have both been forced to watch United’s efforts this season from the stands, and Rojo faces a similar fate if his talks with the manager do not prove to be productive.

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