Juan Mata sends honest Man United message to Marcos Rojo

Juan Mata reveals his delight at seeing Marcos Rojo back available for Manchester United

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Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo Photo: BT Sport

Juan Mata has revealed his delight at seeing Marcos Rojo back available for Manchester United after a lengthy lay-off with a knee injury.

The Argentina defender has been out of action since April after suffering the serious problem towards the end of last season.

Rojo has been working hard on his fitness levels behind the scenes with the Red Devils and was named on the bench for Manchester United’s 4-1 victory over Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Meanwhile, striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his first appearance of the season on Saturday when he came on as a second-half substitute during the Red Devils’ victory over the Magpies.

And Spanish playmaker Mata has revealed his delight at seeing the pair, along with Paul Pobga, make their returns to the Manchester United squad after their long lay-offs.

Writing in his personal blog, One Hour Behind, Mata said: “Last Saturday was a happy start of a marathon of fixtures that will take us straight to Christmas, a series of games that will demand the maximum effort from us.

“With that in mind, being able to recover players such as Paul, Ibra and Marcos is great news for the team, for we will need the full squad in order to show the best performance in every competition, same as we’ve been doing so far.

“It was great to see them back on the pitch, especially Marcos and Ibra after such a long time away.

“They have worked really hard to be back and they deserve to have a great season. I’m sure both of them will help us a lot in the coming months.”

Manchester United are currently preparing for their Champions League clash against Basel in Switzerland on Wednesday night, before turning their attentions back towards Premier League affairs and their trip to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

The Red Devils are currently second in the Premier League table and eight points behind leaders Manchester City after 12 games.

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