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Jose Mourinho has made final decision on Marcos Rojo's United future

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After a disappointing 2015-16 campaign, the arrival of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United was always going to lead to speculation about several under-performing members of the Old Trafford squad.

One name that has been widely linked to a move away from Manchester is Marcos Rojo - the Argentinian defender having failed to play a single minute under Mourinho in the Premier League this season.

However, to many people's surprise and despite links to Valencia and the Chinese Super League in recent times, the Argentinian remains on United's books as the transfer deadline day fast approaches. According to a report from Yahoo Sports!, that is exactly the way Jose Mourinho wants it.

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According to Yahoo's Liam Canning, the Portuguese boss has "categorically" ruled out the sale of Rojo this summer.

The reason isn't because he sees the 26-year-old eventually forcing his way into the starting XI, but because he doesn't want to leave himself short should an injury crisis arise at Old Trafford.

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Indeed, United have apparently turned down "two concrete offers" recently because they want to keep the versatile Rojo as centre back or left back cover.

Considering Luke Shaw has only just returned from a serious leg break, and Phil Jones could yet leave the club on loan, it is a sensible decision from Mourinho as he looks to ensure the Red Devils are prepared for what is to come over the next few months.

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The report echoes the sentiment expressed by Mourinho himself last week when he told reporters that he expected United to have a "very quiet week" in the run-up to the transfer deadline.

Of course, the question now becomes; is Marcos Rojo happy to take on a standby role for the remainder of the 2016-17 campaign?

Having played 53 times for United under Louis van Gaal, the Argentine would have been hoping to convince his new manager to give him a chance in the starting line-up.

Faced with a spot on the bench unless injuries arise, it will be up to Mourinho to keep Rojo happy at Old Trafford now that he has decided he can't afford to let him find first team football elsewhere.

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One way of doing that is by giving the defender sporadic opportunities in the cup competitions. Mourinho has already noted the need for a big squad due to their Europa League commitments.

With the Premier League firmly in their sights too, Rojo could yet prove extremely useful when it comes to being competitive on Thursday nights.

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