Former Manchester United star Marcos Rojo sent a major statement to his former employers with a wonderstrike for Boca Juniors on Sunday night.
United struggled defensively last season under both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick, and perhaps could have done with extra options while Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane faced spells on the side lines. But United let Rojo join Boca in February 2021, and he's become a hero for the Argentine giants ever since.
Rojo scored his fourth league goal for Boca on Sunday night, and he may never score a better one as he rifled a fierce strike into the top corner from the edge of the area. United are currently yet to announce the arrival of Argentine defender Lisandro Martinez, but elsewhere his compatriot is thriving.
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Rojo stole the show during a 3-1 win against Estudiantes on Sunday, as his powerful strike left goal keeper Mariano Andujar with no chance in the opposition net. Despite still playing centre-back, Rojo has made a name for himself as a goal scorer for Boca, averaging a goal every ten games for the Argentine side.
The defender was signed by Louis van Gaal back in 2014 after an impressive display for Argentina during the World Cup, which saw them reach the final that year. And new United boss Erik ten Hag has followed suit by also signing a defender from the region.
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Ten Hag has opted for Ajax defender Martinez, who was keen to follow the Dutchman to United. Rojo was phased out towards the end of his United career, with Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof all seen as better options while Harry Maguire remained the obvious starter.
But Rojo fired a message to United on Sunday that he still has what it takes. It was also a message to Estudiantes, who signed Rojo on loan from United before the defender eventually joined Boca.
Estudiantes was Rojo's boyhood club, and the side where he came through the ranks. But Rojo only made one appearance for them upon his return, before Boca later swooped in for his signature on a permanent basis.
The 32-year-old is coming towards the end of his career, and it's perhaps consistency that's let him down. Rojo continues to show flashes of brilliance, as he did back in 2014 when drawing lots of European interest. But performing at a consistent level has been his main issue.
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