Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has undoubtedly turned Manchester United’s season. And the Norwegian tactician could be showing the first signs of how he wants to assemble his squad going forward. This is looking towards the 2019-20 season.
According to a report from the Mirror, Belgian playmaker Marouane Fellaini could be the first Manchester United to get the axe following the sacking of Jose Mourinho. He wouldn’t be the only player to abandon the Old Trafford side, though. Argentina international Marcos Rojo could also leave the club if recent reports from the Daily Telegraph are true. But to be honest, neither departure would be overly surprising.
What are Fellaini’s and Rojo’s current situations?
Fellaini arrived to Old Trafford along with manager David Moyes from Everton in 2013, for a heavily-criticized (back in the day) £27 million fee. He became a vital piece of the squad for Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Mourinho. However, things have taken a dramatic turn since Solskjaer’s arrival. The presence of a more dynamic style has hurt Fellaini’s playing time, and right now he seems to be the last alternative for a central-midfield role. Especially since United have won their past six games without Fellaini on the squad.
As for Rojo, a report from Daily Telegraph indicated the Argentina international, who turns 29 in March, might follow Fellaini’s footsteps. He’s been at the club since 2014 and his role has had several ups and downs. Through that time, Rojo has gone from being a key first-team member to being someone who rarely sees action in Cup matches. Plus, the Argentina international has also had several fitness issues. He’s barely played on a regular basis in the past two seasons. In fact, Rojo has missed several games in recent weeks due to a on-going knee issue.
So, where could they end up?
Right now, it seems neither player’s potential future is in England. AC Milan, Porto and Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande have been linked with a potential move for Fellaini, 31. Meanwhile, Rojo could return to Argentina since local powerhouse Boca Juniors are keen to bring the former Sporting Lisbon star to their ranks.
There’s no doubt both players are good enough to remain at Manchester United. But they don’t have enough space in Solskjaer’s current squad. And based on the team’s current winning streak, he has enough credit to make every single decision he feels is the right one for the future of the team.