It’s time to analyze what happened during the 2018-19 season for Manchester United. And for that, we will go checking each players individually to rate their performances, give a brief summary of what happened over the course of the campaign, and assess the role of the player in the upcoming campaign — if he stays with the club:
Let’s continue with Marcos Rojo. The Argentinian centre-back barely featured for the club this past season, and all signs point to him leaving the team during the upcoming transfer window. But let’s see how he did this season, albeit knowing his appearances were on a small-sample size.
Appearances across all competitions
The former Sporting Lisbon star is coming off his worst year since joining Manchester United. He started the season injury, and only made his debut in October 28, when he was a non-used substitute against Everton. His season debut was when he started against Arsenal on December 5th.
Rojo made only six appearances for the club this past season: five in the Premier League and one in the UEFA Champions League. He also registered two appearances in the Premier League 2, something that goes to show just how below the pecking order he was in the past campaign. And how poorly considered he might be heading into 2019-20.
Did he perform above or below the expectations?
It’s hard to analyse Rojo since he only played five times during the entire campaign. However, we must say this. When he was out there, it was clear why he wasn’t receiving any more minutes. Players like Victor Lindelöf, Chris Smalling and even Phil Jones were far better than him. Right now and where the team stands, it’s hard to understand why Rojo remains as part of the senior side. But it would be unfair to say he struggled to meet expectations given the fact no one expected him to have a big role on the squad in the first place.
Will he be a part of Manchester United during the 2019-20 season?
It’s extremely unlikely that Rojo will remain with Manchester United ahead of the next season. He’s the last centre-back on the team’s depth chart, and I wouldn’t be surprise if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decides to give minutes to young players such as Axel Tuanzebe – if he doesn’t go out on loan again – instead of Rojo.
More likely than not, expect the former Argentina international to leave Old Trafford this summer. But only if teams express interest in his services. They’re not going to give him away just to take him out of the squad.