Marcos Rojo granted Manchester United work permit

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Manchester United's summer signing Marcos Rojo has been granted a work permit and will be eligible to make his debut against Queens Park Rangers after the international break.

The Argentina international, who played in his country's 4-2 win over world champions Germany on Wednesday night, has travelled to Lisbon to collect the relevant documentation after finalising his paperwork, according to Fox Sports journalist Christian Martin.

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Rojo has already missed three games

Rojo completed his £16 million move from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United - a deal which saw Nani move in the opposite direction on a season-long loan - on August 20 but has been unable to make his debut because of work permit issues.

He subsequently missed the Premier League fixtures against Sunderland and Burnley, along with the Capital One Cup second round match against MK Dons, which resulted in United suffering a humiliating 4-0 defeat to the League One outfit.

United youngster Tyler Blackett has been deployed by Louis van Gaal in Rojo's absence, but the South American - who featured in this summer's World Cup final - will take the 20-year-old's place on the left-hand side of the Red Devils' central defence against QPR.

Rojo named in 25-man squad

Van Gaal remained confident that Rojo would be granted a work permit - despite fears to the contrary - and named the tenacious defender in his 25-man Premier League squad.

And news that a work permit has now been granted will come as a huge boost to the veteran Dutch coach, who is still seeking his first competitive victory as Manchester United manager.

Rojo is now expected to start for United against QPR on September 14 - a match in which Colombia superstar Radamel Falcao will also make his Red Devils' debut.

Falcao also waiting on work permit

Falcao, too, is waiting on a work permit - but Manchester United have made special arrangements in an attempt to fast track the world-class number nine's application.

The match against Harry Redknapp's QPR, who currently sit two places above United in the Premier League debut, will also see the club's record signing Angel di Maria make his first appearance at Old Trafford as a Manchester United player.

Di Maria, who produced an outstanding individual display against Germany on Wednesday - scoring one goal and assisting three others - made his first start for United against Burnley last Saturday and produced an encouraging display.

However, the match ended in a 0-0 draw, and Di Maria, Rojo and Falcao will all be under pressure to secure three points against the R's at Old Trafford a week on Sunday.

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