Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Marcos Rojo was forced out of the Red Devils' clash against Liverpool today after picking up a knock in training.
The Argentinian only recently returned from a dislocated shoulder which he picked up against Manchester City, but is now back in the treatment room.
Despite the defender's absence, Manchester United recorded a morale-boosting 3-0 win against their fierce rivals thanks to goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie. However the victory was only possible thanks to a man of the match performance from David de Gea, who pulled off a string of fine saves.
Although Rojo was unable to feature in the win at Old Trafford, he is unlikely to be sidelined for long with Van Gaal confirming afterwards that the former Sporting Lisbon man was stood down because 'he felt something in training yesterday'.
Although the injury looks short-term, it is still another blow for Manchester United as the games start to come thick and fast over the festive period. Van Gaal has seen his back line decimated by injuries this term, although the crisis seems to be easing with Jonny Evans and Phil Jones able to take up their place in the team today.
As it stands, Van Gaal is currently without Angel di Maria and Luke Shaw, while Chris Smalling will be out for a couple of weeks in the lead up to Christmas.
Despite that, Manchester United have now won six games on the spin at spirits in the camp seem to be high. Goalscorer Van Persie was quick to praise the Old Trafford crowd for spurring them onto victory today, while Rojo revealed earlier this week how he has been the butt of jokes following the win against Stoke last week.
The 24-year-old is adamant that he got a touch on Juan Mata's strike against the Potters - something his team-mates weren't going to let him get away with. "They were laughing about it. Some say it was Juan's goal, some say it was mine but I'm taking it. I'm claiming it as mine."
He added: "I certainly felt that I got a touch on it. It didn't change the trajectory of the ball, it didn't look as if I'd made good contact with the ball but I've seen lots of photographs! There is one out there that shows that I clearly did make contact and it was my goal."
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