Marcos Rojo reveals how he worked his way back into Jose Mourinho’s plans
Marcos Rojo is determined to keep his place in the Manchester United team after working his way back into Jose Mourinho’s plans.
And the Argentinian defender does not mind if his chances come at left-back – even though he would rather play in the middle of United’s defence.
Rojo did not start consecutive Premier League games until November after injury robbed Mourinho of Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling.
But since breaking into the team, the 26-year-old has failed to start just seven of United’s last 29 games.
He said: “I’m really happy here in Manchester. I worked hard to get into this team, the coach demanded that of me at the start and I’ve been playing a lot.
“There’s a really good rhythm here now. We’ve won two cups at Wembley and we are in two more cups. And we are also fighting in the league.
“And then we’ve got the Europa League. I joined this club to be involved in trying to win all these trophies.
“I’m adapting well to life here. My English is getting better, my daughter is now speaking English.”
Rojo, who was signed by Louis van Gaal from Sporting Lisbon in 2014, was paired with Phil Jones at centre-back in a run of games before Christmas.
But he was picked to start the EFL Cup final at left-back over Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw – even though he admits it is not his favourite position.
He added: “I prefer to play in the centre but I can play as a full-back, too.
“It was the second time I’d played in Wembley Stadium with United this season and I’m very happy to win this trophy.
“It was a great game, an emotional one for the people to enjoy because it went back and forward. Finally we won thanks to Zlatan’s winning goal.
“The atmosphere in these last three games has been superb. Blackburn – I know the FA Cup is special for the fans. St Etienne, where it was like a game in Argentina. And now at Wembley.”
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