Man United defender Marcos Rojo completes move to Boca Juniors

Stefan Bienkowski
Stefan Bienkowski Updated: 19 May 2021 16:43 CEST 2 min read
Man United defender Marcos Rojo completes move to Boca Juniors

Argentine giants Boca Juniors have confirmed the signing of Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo for an undisclosed fee. 

The defender was previously on loan at Estudiantes for the first half of the season, who are now managed by former Man Utd midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron.

However, it now seems as though Rojo’s quest for regular game time will mean a permanent deal back to Argentina where he has now signed a contract with Boca. 

Rojo joined the Premier League side from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon in 2014 for a fee reported to be around £16 million. 

Despite featuring quite heavily for the Old Trafford side predominantly at left-back and often in central defence for his first three seasons at the club, Rojo soon saw his time limited in the first team as Man Utd due to the emergence of Luke Shaw at left-back and the club’s constant stream of new central defenders. 

In the 2017/18 season Rojo saw his total appearances for the season drop to just 12, following a career high of 41 in the previous campaign. That number then dropped again to just six in 2018/19 and then nine in 2019/20. 

As such, the defender was allowed to go on loan to Estudiantes in January 2020 – the club Rojo joined as a boy and played a huge part in his development as a player. 

However, the Argentine also struggled for game time there too, making just one appearance for the club in 12 months and was therefore in search of another move during the January transfer window. 

Rojo now returns to Boca at just 30 years of age and undoubtedly determined to get his playing career back on track in a team that should offer him the game time that has been alluding him for a number of seasons now.