Marcos Rojo is a big doubt for Sunday’s Premier League showdown between Liverpool and Manchester United at Old Trafford.
If someone had called Marcos Rojo important, or even remotely meaningful to this Manchester United side at the beginning of the season, there would have been many a question asked but the form of the Argentine has been top notch – bar a few terrible two-footed challenges that have escaped disciplinary action.
In United’s 4-0 victory over Reading in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, Rojo picked up a calf issue in the first half and the injury seems to have affected his chances of playing this weekend.
José Mourinho spoke about both Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimović’s fitness at a post-match press conference.
“Marcos was a muscular problem, not big, I’m not saying he’s not ready to play, but I have my doubts,” said Mourinho.
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Ibrahimović missed United’s win over Hull City in the EFL Cup on Tuesday with illness but Mourinho is confident that his in-form striker will be fit to play Liverpool.
“Zlatan is ill, so I think no problem, he will be fine,” said the United manager.
While Rojo might be injured and that is a positive for Liverpool, anyone associated with the Merseyside club will be praying that Ibrahimović is too ill to play at the weekend. The Swede has been in phenomenal form in the last few weeks and has played a massive part in United’s return to form. Although, the Red Devils are yet to move up in the table, they are keeping the pressure on the clubs above them.
As Mourinho said, though Zlatan will play and Liverpool need to be at their very best to contain him and United’s other very effective attacking players.
Liverpool need to beat United to stay within touching distance of Chelsea ahead of a massive showdown at the end of the month. First of all, however, an EFL Cup semi-final tonight against Southampton beckons.