Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has struck an out-of-court settlement to ensure that he avoids possible jail time for an alleged bottle attack on a neighbour.
According to the Daily Mirror the Argentine centre-back, who moved to Old Trafford last summer to the tune of €20 million, struck a deal with his accuser meaning that the matter won’t be taken to court. Rojo had previously been made aware, according to reports, that he might face a year behind bars if found guilty of ‘wounding’.
The 24-year-old was initially ordered to court back in 2012 over the accusation, and he’s been persistently linked with the case for the past three years. Now though the former Sporting Lisbon star will be able to rest easy in the knowledge that an agreement has been struck not involving law authorities, with there being a confidentiality pact to ensure the issue is completely resolved.
The ‘victim’ in the case, Juan Pablo Gomez, had claimed that Rojo struck him over the head with a bottle before then attacking his friend when he came to his aid. Two witnesses at the scene concurred that the now-United star was the aggressor in the situation, but as his defence lawyer has confirmed, there is no chance of him being put to trial now.
“Marcos Rojo has been acquitted in the case he was involved in at the request of the victims with whom he has reached a private and confidential agreement.
“The case has been closed in favour of Marcos Rojo.”
It will certainly be reassuring news for Rojo, and could end up helping him settle in Manchester. Since arriving last summer he’s experienced mixed fortunes, with injuries hampering his development in Van Gaal’s squad.
Recently he’s played far more consistently, though question marks over the capabilities of United’s back-line won’t be doing his confidence any good.
United's plans for the future
Come the summer Van Gaal is going to be expected to re-shuffle his defensive options given how shaky his side have looked when under pressure. Rojo himself has been deployed at both full-back and centre-back, but he has yet to make either position his own, and as they only signed starlet Luke Shaw last summer one would expect him to have the future of the left-back slot already determined.
That leaves the centre of defence, with Rojo facing competition from Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans. At the end of the summer Van Gaal will have to strengthen with more experienced heads if his team are to have a realistic chance of pushing for the Premier League title next season, but in truth Rojo has some convincing to do yet if fans are to buy into the theory that he can be a regular starter.