Rojo will not be going anywhere. I will be despondent if he does. The man's an absolute General. I can forgive the odd mistake but I cannot have Smalling meekly lead the line in defense . Unacceptable.
he has that nasty side to him, dark arts. you hold your head, I hold my head and jaw. you roll once and I do a 2.5 roll he just has no fear, body on the line mentality and he has the energy to get up and down the pitch.
whilst he is on this form and smalling is missing and Jones is injured 50% of the season then there is no solid argument to keep any of them ahead of him.
Off topic again but you could say the same about booze. I can remember when SAF took over (just plain Alex then) the great Irishman Paul McGrath was playing with us but he had an alcohol addiction but that did not stop him from being a United great. I have read stories about him going out on the piss the night before a game and yet played the match the next day and gave it all. Times change nowadays with the booze bit but having a puff on a cigarette is not as bad as being pissed as a newt and then getting caught out. Nuff said from me and I would rather talk about Rojo the footballer at Manchester United.
Gerry Daly would have a cig at half time back in the day,and he could go up and down all game, as did (I think) Gordon Hill-please correct me if I’m wrong on him. Robbo like a gargle, as did Norman W, and the aforementioned Paul McGrath. Not our player, but Stan Bowles was often to be found in the pub immediately prior to QPR Home games and he wasn’t too shabby. No doubt the/our culture has changed, don’t know if it’s for better or worse to be fair, but we’ve won an awful lot more since it did, although the Dippers won loads in 70’s with recognised boozers and smokers amongst their ranks. No big thing if their performance is not affected, although does anyone remember Super Stars on BBC1 from the 70’s? Whenever a footballer was on they usually came about last! 😀😀😀😀
From La Plata to Man United, Marcos Rojo's football journey
LA PLATA, Argentina -- The photo was sent from the Old Trafford dressing room five minutes into the second half of Sunday's Manchester derby.
"Have you seen it?" asks Marcos Rojo's mum, Carina, who shakes her head and passes her phone. The eldest of her three children has sent a picture of two metal staples holding together a gash across his forehead. It's been closed and there is a large bump.
"[David] Silva," says Rojo's brother, Becho. "They banged heads. There was a lot of blood. That is why [Marcos] had to leave the field. He'll be OK. He's tough, my brother."
Despite initial worries as she watched her son lying on the field with blood spilling from his head, Carina has been assured by Marcos that the injury is not too serious.
"It looks worse than what it is," she says. "I was frightened the cut had gone through to the bone. It's nothing like as serious as the last injury."
Carina shakes her head at the memory of Rojo's ACL injury, which he suffered in April.
"That was really bad," says Carina. "I flew to see him in Manchester and then we went to Oporto in Portugal for the operation. Then I went back to Manchester with him. He was very concerned about that injury; we all were."
Rojo missed seven months before making a successful return to Manchester United's first team.
"I knew he would be OK when I saw him dancing with his crutches at the [Europa League] final," says his mum.
Carina didn't watch the derby at home.
"We don't have the right channel here so I went to the football club," she says. "I've always watched my son play. At Malvinas, at Estudiantes. We went to every game. Marcos' father was a footballer too. He supports Boca Juniors and tried to get Marcos to be a Boca fan, but he became an Estudiantes fan. He joined that club when he was 11. I didn't want him to leave here and go to Russia (to join Spartak Moscow) but he went because he said it would be a good step to playing for a big European club. He left here in the middle of summer and arrived in Russia in the middle of winter. He couldn't speak a word of Russian.
"I was happier when he moved to Lisbon," continues Carina. "And I was happy when he moved to Manchester. There was another English club (Southampton) who wanted him but he waited. I'd not heard about Manchester United until a journalist said to me: 'You realise that your son has just joined the biggest club in the biggest league in the world?' I had no idea! Of course I was proud of him, but I'm proud of all my children.
Carina becomes emotional as she recalls watching her son play for his country in the World Cup -- "It was one of the greatest moments of my life" -- and, behind her, a wall is covered in framed posters, the biggest of which sees Marcos alongside Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Sergio Romero, Javier Mascherano, Gonzalo Higuain, Javier Pastore and his other international teammates at Brazil 2014.
"They did very well to reach the final," she says. "But you can't win all the time."
Brother Becho has met Messi but hasn't forgiven him for scoring the winner against Estudiantes in extra time of the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup final. Earlier in the game, the Argentine club were a minute from being world champions, only for Pedro to equalise and Messi to net a disputed winner.
"It was never a goal," Becho says with a sigh.
When you speak to people in Triunfo, the barrio of La Plata where Rojo was raised and where his family live, almost all say that he was the best player to come out of the neighbourhood.
"Everyone wanted him in the team," says his friend Pela, one of the few people not wearing Manchester United shorts with No. 5 -- Rojo's number -- on them. "We played right there."
Pela points to a scrap of land where the words "Becho" and "Marcos" have been painted on a wall above where a dog sleeps in the sun.
Franco Nicholas Rojo, who has been known as Becho since his brother gave him the nickname, shows me around the neighbourhood that Marcos describes as "humble." Becho knows everyone and stops to speak to almost all of them.
"It was getting quite dangerous here with thieves, but there are more police now and it's more tranquil," he says.
We visit his uncle's house, where dogs wander around the front garden and chickens are in the back. near the outside toilet. Marcos has written "Marquitos" on the wall.
"Marcos and I played behind here all the time until they built some houses," says Becho as he points to a rough piece of land.
On another wall, a large mural has been painted that features Rojo in a half Estudiantes, half Argentina shirt. He was part of the Estudiantes squad that won the 2009 Copa Libertadores, aged just 19 and playing alongside the great Juan Sebastian Veron.
In the picture Rojo is doing a rabona, kicking the ball with one foot that is wrapped around the back of the other. He's famous for the trick in La Plata but, while he did it for Argentina in the World Cup, he doesn't get to show it off too much at United.
At the Malvinas club, whose first team play in Argentina's sixth division, Jorge the coach explains how Rojo paid for a watering system and speaks proudly of him.
"I'm happy he is a Red Devil because we have the Red Devils of Independiente here too," says Jorge. "I've known Marcos since he was four and he was always so determined. He'd cry when the games ended because he wanted to play more. I've never had another player like that."
Rojo's mother misses her son.
"I like going to see him in Manchester," says Carina as she offers mate, a caffeine-rich drink taken through a metal straw. "I saw his debut in that wonderful stadium in Manchester. He's happy there with his family and his daughter speaks perfect English. But I love to get my boy home at the end of the season. We miss him so much. He comes straight here and asks me to make him his favourite meals, one with rice and another that is a kind of Milanesa.
"He's a good boy, Marcos," she continues. "He worked hard at school and never had to repeat a year. The only time he had to do extra school was when he was in Estudiantes' first team. He was missing school for three days to play in the Libertadores in Peru. But I'm not surprised he's done well. He's had a football at his feet since he could walk. He was a goalkeeper when he was three. He joined Estudiantes at 10. Estudiantes is very important here and we were delighted when he called us to say he was going into the first team. It was so emotional. He's the only professional footballer from this barrio."
Fans around the world saw Rojo's tattoo covered torso on Sunday as he left the field.
"I wasn't happy when he started getting tattoos," said his mother, but he has a way with me. "'Mami, he said, the tattoo is of your name.'"
Andy Mitten is a freelance writer and the founder and editor of United We Stand. Follow him on Twitter: @andymitten.
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May 10, 2018 18:27:15 GMT
WhatsTheMata: Glad you think it's funny. When we get fucked around by the spells you just deleted you will take me seriously
May 19, 2018 11:57:48 GMT
No.7: Can this thread be unlocked or is it too early? not that i want Jose out now but i think were coming close to that time and want to hear peoples opinions on the subject.
Sept 20, 2018 10:15:25 GMT
cjjagzmoni: Pogba is a good lad minus the showboating..I think at Juventus he had Older players like Pirlo,Chiellini,Marchisio,Bonucci who shout and screams at him so he was more serious at Juve ,We dont have those type of leaders at United to caution him.
Nov 1, 2018 3:36:38 GMT
geo: Cardiff City - Huddersfield Town - Bournemouth - Newcastle United = 12 points. Back in the hunt. Come on.
Dec 19, 2018 17:55:18 GMT
geo: Job done as above - next step, stay unbeaten until we get to the PSG game.
Jan 3, 2019 23:17:42 GMT
theedge: Just discovered this forum. I live in Canada so don't get to many games, but I get to watch all the games live. Last 2 games attended in person: Europa League Final in Stockholm 2017, FA Cup Final 2016. Won the last 11 I've been to. I need to go more often
Apr 1, 2019 23:25:01 GMT
simes: Kazakhstan....well blow me down...been there many a time, not so bad a journey. FC Astana are not a bad outfit, gave Celtic a good run, and the National side beat Scotland. What do you reckon a walk over? BTW its easy to get to, I always use Air Astana.
Aug 30, 2019 14:11:59 GMT
snan1218: Hi,I'm very new member,the Red Devil from Malaysia.
Oct 10, 2019 9:16:40 GMT
shah: Hi i am shah been united fan from birec
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