Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is now desperate to push through a move for Sporting Lisbon full-back Marcos Rojo, after it was revealed that Luke Shaw could be out of action for up to a month.
According to the Daily Express news of the England international’s injury, which is thought to be a hamstring complaint, has left Van Gaal worried that he may be caught short for the opening four weeks of the Premier League campaign beginning Saturday. As such he’s now turned his full attentions to landing Rojo, and is sweating over the success or failure of the £16 million offer United lodged two days ago.
Rojo at Sporting
Following a very impressive World Cup, which saw him make it to the final with Argentina, Rojo’s stock has significantly improved, and it’s thought that a few clubs have been monitoring his availability with intent. In the wake of United having put forward their proposal the player is said to have refused to train with Sporting so that he can rule out the chance of getting injured before a medical can take place.
Such a tactic, whilst undoubtedly confirming his desire to make said move to Old Trafford, has angered his current club, who are said to be considering fining him for breach of conduct. That will of course matter very little to Rojo should he eventually force the switch he’s looking for, but the breakdown in relations between player and club will give Van Gaal food for thought.
The Shaw dilemma
Shaw’s complaint, which has provided United with their first relative injury crisis given the fact that Michael Carrick, Rafael and Antonio Valencia are serious doubts for Saturday’s game too, puts under scrutiny Van Gaal’s decision to sell Patrice Evra without having an experienced backup option in place.
It now looks as though Ashley Young and youngster Reece James will occupy the wingback roles on either flank, which is hardly ideal given the importance resting on United getting a positive first result.
Naturally for Shaw’s doubters it has come as little surprise that injury has beset him on the eve of the big kick-off, with recent reports having served to fuel the idea that his fitness was well below what Van Gaal expects of his players.
The youngster completed a £28 million move from Southampton earlier this summer and is tipped for big things in the future, but he was the first to admit that he would need plenty of work to be brought up to speed with his peers in terms of stamina.