Over the January transfer window, Manchester United sent shockwaves across the footballing world when they managed to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.
The Chile star has been amongst the Premier League’s best players over the last few years, and snatching him from under Manchester City’s noses made it all the sweeter.
Anyway, after his arrival, Marcos Rojo has been discussing his personal rivalry with United’s #7, joking that he’s now glad to be playing on the same side so they don’t end up kicking each other during a match.
‘I have faced him a number of times, playing either against Arsenal or Chile,’ the Argentine told Inside United, per The Metro.
‘We always seem to have fought on the pitch so it’s better we’re on the same side as we always ended up kicking each other.’
‘That’s my style and the way I play. I’ve been this way since I was a kid. I am very aggressive and emotional on the pitch. I’m a very typical South American player. We’re very aggressive.
‘It is something in my blood. I’m not going to change. But Alexis [Sanchez] is a great person, now I’ve got to know him.
‘He is a fantastic player and I hope he brings his maximum level to United. He’s settling in well. He’s got a new house. In fact, it’s the one I had when I first arrived at United.”
South American’s always tend to have huge rivalries with other countries from that region so it doesn’t really come as a surprise that the duo used to kick lumps out of each other in the past. Although it’s obviously good news that they’re getting on now that they play for the same team.
As for Rojo directly, I’m shocked that he hasn’t been involved more since returning from that knee injury that kept him sidelined for six months. He’s a brilliant defender and a player that Jose Mourinho trusts greatly.
Perhaps he’s just being eased back into things, but with the way Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are playing right now, don’t be surprised to see the Argentine given far more minutes from now until the season’s end.