Manchester United have suffered an injury setback with centre-back Marcos Rojo expected to face a spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury when turning out for the under-23 side, according to Sky Sports.

Jose Mourinho’s men have endured an inconsistent start to the current campaign, suffering two defeats against Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur, conceding seven goals in the process and looking particularly vulnerable at the back – a trait that is not usually associated with the Portuguese boss’ teams.

Rojo, whose last competitive fixture was for Argentina in their 4-3 loss to France in the summer’s World Cup quarter-final, was nearing a return to full match fitness before picking up a knock in the United under-23 side’s draw with Reading, on Friday night.

The former Sporting Lisbon man, who lined up alongside summer signing Diogo Dalot in defence, was hoping to be back in contention for a first-team place next week, however, it seems like that may have to be pushed back.

After playing a pivotal role during Mourinho’s first season in charge at Old Trafford, Rojo made just 12 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils last term.

However, such has been United’s indecisiveness at the back that the Argentina international had the perfect opportunity to impress the Portuguese and cement his place at the heart of the defence, ahead of the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof.

Following their trip to high-flying Watford on Saturday evening, Mourinho’s men kickstart their Champions League campaign away to Swiss side FC Young Boys on Wednesday night before welcoming newly-promoted Wolves to the Theatre of Dreams next Saturday.

There has been much speculation surrounding the future of Mourinho, as reports suggest that further underwhelming results and performances will see the Portuguese shown the door, with former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane seen as his most likely successor.


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