Marcos Rojo 'unprofessional' but earned right to apologise

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Sporting Lisbon's president Bruno de Carvalho has blasted Marcos Rojo's 'unprofessional' behaviour in forcing a move to Manchester United.

But the Sporting chief believes his club were right to allow Rojo the right to apologise before sealing his move to the Old Trafford club.

Rojo completed a €20m (£16m) move to Manchester United earlier this week, but only after he refused to train and agitated for the right to be allowed to leave the Portuguese giants.

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Poor behaviour

"The player acted very badly, very very badly, and there was a punishment and a process as we put him aside to train [alone]", Bruno de Carvalho told Portuguese newspaper A Bola.

"There was then an approximation of the player, who decided to demonstrate that he had done wrong. If a person recognises his mistakes and waits to apologise, he should have the opportunity to do so.

"It was not fair to not give him the opportunity to apologise in relation to something that he knows he did wrong and was unprofessional."

Nani loan deal

As Rojo headed to United, Louis Van Gaal sent Nani on loan in the other direction. The Portugal international was greeted by a hero's welcome at the airport, as he returned to the club where he made his name before earning a move to United.

Rojo, who featured for Argentina as the South American country made it to the World Cup final this summer, has been signed to play in the left centre-back role in Van Gaal's 3-5-2 formation.

Luke Shaw

The versatile defender can also play left-back, and could provide cover for Luke Shaw, who is currently out with a hamstring problem. The £27m recruit from Southampton is expected to start in the left-wing back role when fully fit, although Van Gaal described him as out of shape during preseason.

United fans will be hoping Rojo is not the last addition before the close of the transfer window next month. The club have been linked with several high profile signings, including Arturo Vidal or Angel Di Maria.

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