Ole Gunnar Solskjaer addressed the press this afternoon ahead of Manchester United’s FA Cup clash with Watford, but he had some big transfer news to confirm which will certainly make the headlines.
The Manchester United manager is in the process of building his squad and his latest update on Argentine duo Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero spells the end of their time at Old Trafford.
Both players’ future has been in doubt for some time, with Solskjaer now confirming that neither will be handed a new contract by the club — directly permitting both players to leave this month or at the end of the season.
Paul Hirst from The Times quoted Solskjaer, saying: “Both of them [Rojo and Romero] have contracts until the summer and they’re not going to be extended.”
OGS confirms that Rojo and Romero will be allowed to leave Utd at the end of the season. "Both of them have contracts until the summer and they're not going to be extended"
— Paul Hirst (@hirstclass) January 8, 2021
Full quote from the Manchester Evening News: “Both of them have contracts until the summer and they’re not gonna be extended, we’re looking for them to find clubs, Marcos has been given time to go home, so he’s still in Argentina, Sergio has been back home as well to see his family but he’s back in England now.
“But they’re professionals, they’re working hard and ready if they call in for us. Marcos will have to travel and do the quarantine before.”
No messing about from Solskjaer here, and it’s definitely time to move both players on.
Rojo would’ve been sold last summer or even before that had United got the offer they wanted, but now it sounds like the centre-back will leave the club on a Bosman…
A report from the Daily Mail claims Rojo has agreed a two-year deal with Boca Juniors.
The same goes for Sergio Romero, who would be a great addition for most clubs searching for a new goalkeeper. He’s been pushed down the pecking order at United by Dean Henderson, but we shouldn’t forget his performances down the years — most notably in the Europa League circa 2017 — because the former Sampdoria shot-stopper has been a good servant at the club.
I never quite understood why Romero was happy playing second fiddle, especially when he’d often perform brilliantly when his time would come top start games. Why wasn’t he knocking down Solskjaer’s office door last season when David de Gea was struggling?
Anyway, they’re on their way out of United. All the best to them.