Alexis and Rojo.

Marcos Rojo reveals how he reacted after finding out Man Utd were signing Alexis Sanchez

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It’s fair to say Alexis Sanchez hasn’t had a very good start to his Manchester United career.

When the Chilean arrived from Arsenal in January, he was supposed to help them comfortably seal second-place in the Premier League for United, while taking them into the latter stages of the Champions League.

While the Red Devils do look as though they will finish in second behind Manchester City in the league, they crashed out of the Champions League after a shock 2-1 last-16 defeat to Sevilla.

And with just one goal in his 10 appearances so far since arriving - not to mention his constant lacklustre performance - Alexis certainly hasn’t made the positive impact he would have liked.

In fact, he was even dropped from the starting XI for the first time by Jose Mourinho for the FA Cup tie against Brighton on Saturday.

It’s crazy to think that two months ago, United fans were absolutely buzzing at his arrival. This weekend, they were glad to see him dropped to the bench.

However, not everyone wanted Sanchez to arrive at the club in the first place.


That’s because it seems there was one United player that wasn’t keen to see him join from Arsenal - Marcos Rojo.

The Argentinean has given an interview to TV channel TyC Sports and has suggested that his relationship with Sanchez wasn’t too good ahead of his arrival.

"Alexis is a great player, but we didn’t used to get on out on the pitch," Rojo admitted.

"Every time we came up against one another, whether in internationals or when United played Arsenal, I would give him a good kicking – and he did the same to me. On top of that, I used to insult him, and he would reply in kind.

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"So when I learned that he was going to join United I said: 'Oh, f***ing hell, no, now this guy’s going to be here.’

"We were in Dubai at the time Alexis’ transfer went through. I was calmly sitting in a chair watching a film when Jose Mourinho came up and gave me a tap on the shoulder. He told me: 'We’re going to sign Alexis. I don’t want you smashing him up in training tomorrow.'

"He burst out laughing."

While Rojo may be telling the truth in regard to his reaction, he’s probably recalling the story with his tongue very firmly in his cheek. The defender would have no doubt been delighted that a world-class player was set to the join the club, despite his previous clashes with him.

However, Sanchez’s performances might have one or two United fans thinking “Oh, f***ing hell.”

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