Marcos Rojo has revealed what Jose Mourinho told him on his first day as Manchester United manager.
The Argentinian had been widely tipped to leave Old Trafford in the summer transfer window with the Special One reportedly unconvinced by him.
Considering that Rojo has been on the sidelines for much of the campaign thus far, those rumours have basically become fact as far as the British media are concerned.
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But the centre-back has surprisingly revealed that Mourinho personally told him he would form part of his plans when he first arrived at Carrington.
Rojo went on to praise the Portuguese's managerial skills and admitted he would have to keep working hard if he was to feature in the first-team on a more regular basis.
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'A very good coach'
"There has been a lot of talk that Mourinho did not need me," Rojo is quoted as saying by AS.
"But he told me right from the first day he arrived at Manchester United that I was part of his plans and that he was counting on me.
"He is a very good coach. He is very demanding, but I like the way he thinks and deals with his players.
"I have to keep on working in order to get more playing time. That is all I want."
Rojo could find himself even further away from the starting XI after the January transfer window with reports linking Manchester United with a move for Southampton defender Jose Fonte.
The 32-year-old has a vast amount of experience in English football and is wanted to sure up what looks like fragile back-line at Old Trafford.
Southampton would be ready to sell Fonte for a fee in the region of £10m. Manchester United have the funds to complete such a deal but Ed Woodward won't give it the green light until Mourinho clears some space in his squad.
And Rojo is surely the most likely candidate to get the chop. Having only appeared in the Europa League and EFL Cup so far this season, he may need to move if he is to keep his place in the Argentina national squad.
United's job with regards to Fonte could be made easier if he does not sign a new contract at St Mary's. His current deal expires at the end of the current season and he admitted earlier this week that no extension is on offer.
The Saints skipper said earlier this week: “There’s nothing on the table, so I’m waiting.
“I’ll see what happens. I’m just focusing on performing above all and we’ll see what happens. We haven’t agreed anything, so it’s just talks."