Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has indicated that he wants Marcos Rojo to stay at Manchester United.
The Argentina international has made just 26 appearances for United since the 2017–18 campaign due to several injuries and was expected to be sold in the summer.
But the 29-year-old stayed at Old Trafford and has impressed Solskjaer with his attitude in training.
The United manager has also revealed that Rojo is a popular figure in the United dressing room and claims the defender is a ‘top-quality footballer’.
‘I thought he was excellent tonight. I think he’s been excellent since we started pre-season,’ Solskjaer said after United’s 3-0 win over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday evening.
‘He’s played maybe more than he expected but that’s why he’s still here.
‘He’s a top-quality footballer.
‘He’s a winner, good mentality, he can pass, he can defend.
‘It’s now about keeping him fit and he’s been fit now for a long, long time and you can see his qualities.’
Asked about the prospect of Rojo leaving in January, Solskjaer replied: ‘You know he’s got such a big heart and such a passion for football and he’s a winner.
‘To have him around when he’s fit and in a good mood, good form, has been great for us.
‘The boys love him, he spreads fear in training sometimes because he tackles properly.
‘He’s one of the ones who really, really cares about this game.
‘I think he’s taking his opportunities every time he’s played.