MANCHESTER UNITED have put Marcos Rojo on standby, as an exit from the club looks more and more likely.
The defender, 22, has not featured for United since October an returned to training two weeks ago, having come back from a muscle injury.
During his time out, the Argentine watched as the squad moved closer to the top four after an improved run of form.
But just as things looked as though they were starting to go in his favour following his return, it has now emerged that Rojo is not high in boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pecking order.
He is behind Eric Bailly, who is set to make his return to the squad having been sidelined for five months with a knee injury.
Rojo has been given time off to return to Argentina as we head into the transfer window and it looks likely that United will be open to both permanent and loan offers from interested clubs.
United’s defence has proved a recurrent weakness for them this season and Rojo will feel he still has something to offer.
But now that his Ivorian team-mate is set make a return, his chances of staying have taken a hit.
And although Axel Tuanzebe has been sidelined with a hip strain, Phil Jones and Di’Shon Bernard have provided cover at centre half in the recent games against Watford, Newcastle and Burnley.
Rojo put in a strong performance in defence against Liverpool – ending their 100 per cent start to the campaign but holding Jurgen Klopp’s men to a draw.
He joined the Red Devils from Sporting Lisbon and came close to an Everton switch in August until the move fell through after United insisted on a permanent deal instead of a loan.