Martin Keown offers advice to Jose Mourinho: Teach Man United defender how to tackle
The Arsenal legend is critical of Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo
Martin Keown has urged Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to work on Marcos Rojo’s tackling on the training pitch.
The Argentina international received a booking for a two-footed challenge on Idriss Gueye during the first half of Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park earlier this month.
Rojo was fortunate to escape a caution on Wednesday night after the South American produced a similarly reckless tackle in the Red Devils’ 2-1 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The South American has earned two yellow cards in eight Premier League games after being drafted in to cover for injured Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly at centre-half.
Former Arsenal defender Keown explained how Mourinho can improve Rojo’s tackling in the coming weeks after his erratic performances.
“I look at Marcos Rojo and think I would find it difficult to get my body to do the two-footed lunge he did against Everton and Crystal Palace,” Keown told The Daily Mail.
“It is reckless — there is no care for your opponent and it could cause serious injury.
“Rojo needs to be intelligent and adjust how he tackles. If I was his manager I would be tempted to get him on the the training pitch and teach him to slide in on one side.
“He has had two let-offs in recent weeks and has received a public grilling for those tackles. Rojo is a fool if he doesn’t try to do something about it.”
Manchester United appointed Mourinho as Louis van Gaal’s successor in May after the Red Devils finished in fifth place in the table last term.
Rojo moved to the 20-time English champions in a £16m deal from Sporting Lisbon in 2014.