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Rojo and Van Gaal's feud explodes once more

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Gaal's stand-off with Rojo continues
Van Gaal's stand-off with Rojo continues

The strained relations between Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and his Argentine defender Marcos Rojo appear to have taken a turn for the worse.

Van Gaal has a reputation for being unforgiving when a player crosses him and after Rojo's embarrassing incident when he failed to renew his passport in time to make the trip onto United's pre-season tour of America in July, he instantly infuriated his hardline manager.

Rojo's absence from the United starting line-up in the opening weeks of the season provided evidence that his status as one of the key men in Van Gaal's defence had been affected by the events of this summer.

Yet his return to the side following the injury to Luke Shaw has not ended the feud between manager and player, with the injury picked up by Rojo on Sunday not amusing Van Gaal.

The United boss has confirmed that Rojo failed to inform the United medical staff that he was suffering with a hamstring strain earlier in Sunday's game at Southampton, with his manager confirming he is now set to miss Wednesday night's Capital One Cup tie against Mick McCarthy's Ipswich.

"Marcos Rojo is not ready to play. It's not so nice that we have three defenders injured (Rojo, Luke Shaw and Paddy McNair)," stated Van Gaal.

"I thought we were right on time for Rojo because we changed him in the game and he didn't warn us he was injured - but he has a hamstring injury."

Van Gaal suddenly finds himself in the grip of a defensive injury crisis once again, with Rojo's absence clearly a source of particular annoyance for the United boss.