29/08/2014 15:00, Report by Mark Froggatt

Van Gaal: Rojo still needs work permit

Louis van Gaal does not believe Marcos Rojo will obtain a work permit ahead of Saturday’s trip to Burnley, though the Manchester United manager says it is only a matter of time until the process is complete.

The summer signing has been at the Argentinian Embassy in Madrid all week, trying to secure his right to work within the EU. Notably, the difference between Rojo and his compatriot Angel Di Maria is the latter has an Italian passport thanks to his grandparents.

Speaking during his pre-match press conference at the Aon Training Complex on Friday, van Gaal vented his frustration: “I cannot change the law of Argentina. I am Manchester United manager, which is the biggest club in the world, but I cannot change the law. It’s only a matter of time.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s 12:45pm kick-off at Turf Moor, which can be followed via’s live blog and the club’s official Twitter account @ManUtd, the boss is confident his side will utilise their superior technical ability against a newly-promoted team that is likely to favour a more direct approach.

“It's not a big stadium but I think it will be a fantastic atmosphere and the fans will stimulate the Burnley players,” van Gaal told reporters. “They will play with a lot of passion and long balls. We have to fight against it. It shall be a very difficult game but we have to show we can play football.”


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