Marcos Rojo put in a wonderful performance on his return from a serious injury as he played the full 90 minutes of Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat away from home to FC Basel.
The Reds succumbed to a late equaliser from the Swiss side as Michael Lang beat Sergio Romero in the 89th-minute after the hosts had dominated the second-half as Man United sat back.
Rojo was a major positive of the game, despite the loss. He played 45 minutes for United’s under-23 side in their Premier League International Cup victory against Athletic Club last week, but was an unused substitute at the weekend as his teammates thrashed Newcastle United 4-1.
To start, and play the full game, in a tough Champions League match away from after the injury he had is hugely impressive.
To do that, and put in a commanding performance as he did, is even more so.
Marcos Rojo's game by numbers vs. Basel:
1 bar hit
100% tackles won
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) November 22, 2017
Rojo was making his first appearance for club or country since April 20th, when he suffered knee ligament damage in United’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final second-leg against Anderlecht at Old Trafford. Incredibly, in the same game, both he and Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered serious ligament injuries.
Ibrahimovic returned on Saturday to a standing ovation at Old Trafford, and came on for Anthony Martial for the second consecutive game on Wednesday night.
Now Rojo has got a full game under his belt, he’ll be a valuable option for Mourinho and will likely assert himself as a first-choice centre-back over Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof very quickly.