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Marcos Rojo available to play for Manchester United

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Marcos Rojo has been cleared to play for Manchester United having been granted a UK work visa it has been confirmed. 

The Argentinian completed his move to Old Trafford in plenty of time before the close of the transfer window, but is yet to make his debut after his visa was delayed because he had to attend an interview in Madrid regarding an altercation with a neighbour in 2010.

Visa

However the issue has now been cleared up and he is free to appear for Manchester United for the first time when they take on QPR at Old Trafford after the international break. 

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"The UK Border Agency has agreed to grant new Manchester United signing Marcos Rojo a visa and the defender will therefore be available for the Reds' next game against QPR on 14 September," a statement on the Red Devils' official website read.

"Rojo completed his move to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon on 20 August but the requirement to obtain a visa has thus far prevented the 24-year-old from making his debut."

Qualifying

It continued: "Rojo qualified for a (separate) work permit automatically by virtue of having played in more than 75 per cent of Argentina’s competitive internationals over the last two years."

The statement added that Angel di Maria, who became the most expensive player in British football history when he made the move to Manchester United for £59.7 million before the close of the window, avoided any similar hold up because he qualified for a visa thanks to his Italian grandparents. 

Boost

The news that Rojo has received his visa will come as a welcome boost for boss Louis van Gaal as he looks to claim his first win as Manchester United boss and get their campaign up and running. 

New loan signing Radamel Falcao will be hoping to make his debut against QPR while Di Maria will make his first appearance at Old Trafford having turned out in the 0-0 draw against Burnley last weekend. 

Form

Van Gaal will be hoping that the Argentinian will be able to carry his international form back with him to his new club after he shone against Germany last night, setting up three and scoring one in his country's 4-2 victory over the World Champions.

Elsewhere for the Red Devils in the international break, Wayne Rooney ensured a 1-0 win for England against Norway at Wembley. Team-mate Phil Jones also completed the full 90 minutes ahead of the Three Lions' Euro 2016 qualifying fixture against Switzerland next week. 

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