Wednesday’s game against Basel may not have had the best result for Manchester United, but was still very special for one of the players in the squad.
Argentine defender Marcos Rojo made his first appearance since April, when he picked up a knee injury in a Europa League game against Anderlecht.
Now fully recovered, the 27-year-old was able to play for 90 minutes and has shown he’s ready to help the team this season.
Still celebrating his comeback, Rojo spoke to Argentine show De Fútbol Se Habla Así, and talked about his will to return to the national team as soon as possible.
“I don’t feel like I’m a certainty for the World Cup, there’s a new manager and he couldn’t meet me yet, first I have to win a place at Manchester United,” he said (via Clarin).
Asked about José Mourinho, Rojo spoke a little about their relationship: “He’s always happy, close to the players, he’s a very happy person, he helped me a lot, he got the best out of me.”
“He always tells us to play quietly in practice because with Ibra we kill each other with kicks,” said the defender laughing.
Still talking about Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Rojo revealed a chat they had about the World Cup. And the striker, who retired from the Swedish national team in 2016, still claims he’s not going back despite the spot for the tournament in Russia next year.
“He’s an amazing character, but for those who do n’t know him, he seems like a bighead but he’s a phenomenon, he’s a beast who goes forward and wants to win everything.
“I asked Ibra that now that they are in the World Cup if he would like to go, he says no but I don’t know… for me he has to go.”
So that’s another task for Marcos Rojo this season: Win a place in Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United team, get back in the Argentina squad, persuade Zlatan Ibrahimovic to go to the World Cup.