Marcos Rojo has denied reports of a rift between himself and Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, praising the Dutchman after Argentina’s 1-0 World Cup Qualifying win in Colombia last night.
The rumours began in the summer when Rojo missed United’s tour of the USA after forgetting to renew his passport. Famously short-fused, stories about van Gaal falling out with the defender as a result of his stupid error were pretty believable. He was said to be keen on selling Rojo and word spread that he was being offered as makeweight to AS Monaco in the deal to bring Anthony Martial to Old Trafford.
While Rojo didn’t directly deny all of that, he did set the record straight regarding his relationship with the manager. Sky Sports published quotes made by Rojo today.
“It is normal, as with any other coach.
“I don’t ask him why he includes me in a game when I play, so I don’t have any right in ask him why I don’t play when he decides that I don’t have to do it. It’s as simple as that. Van Gaal does the same as any coach in the world. He decides who plays according to what he sees during the week, he chooses the players that he sees in the best condition and we have to accept all the decisions that the coach takes.”
The former Sporting Lisbon defender then defended the Iron Tulip’s authoritarian managerial style.
“He is a very professional coach, he wants to get out the very best from each one, that doesn’t mean that he is rough. He wants his work to have success and we have to understand what he expects from each one of us.”
Before scoffing at allegations that van Gaal asked players to miss international matches on purpose.
“Those are all lies, Van Gaal will never ask me or any other player to do something like that.”