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Marcos Rojo has struggled to make the bench under José Mourinho, but United aren’t letting him leave easily.

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One of the players who would have been hoping for a second chance under José Mourinho was Argentine defender Marcos Rojo, who showed initial promise but faded badly after arriving in Louis van Gaal’s first transfer window. However, Rojo hasn’t been able to force his way into Mourinho’s favoured lineup, and looks set for a season in which his action is restricted to the cups.

Of course, an alternative would be for Rojo to move on, though if is agent is to be believed, United are keen to keep him — if only as a backup. Rojo was linked with a season-long loan move to Valencia earlier today, though his representative, Carlos Gonçalves, has told Sport Witness: "Manchester United rejected several offers from England and from abroad to sell the player. Manchester United want him to stay."

Rojo’s clearly not a great player, but he remains a more than serviceable backup option. At 26 years old, it’s clear he’s not going to develop much further, and so if United are to let him go, it would only make sense to do so permanently. Unless Valencia are willing to stump up some cash, we can expect to see Rojo hanging around at Old Trafford for a while longer.