Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Solskjaer confirms South American duo can leave

Friday 08 January 2021 14:01

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo could both leave Manchester United this month.

The Argentinian pair have not featured for the first team this term, following Dean Henderson's return from two loan spells with Sheffield United and the expiration of Rojo's temporary stint with Estudiantes in his homeland.

The defender has made one appearance with the Under-23s, against Everton back in October.

Sergio Romero focuses hard at the Aon Training Complex.

The South American pair still have deals until the end of the current 2020/21 campaign but will be attracting interest from other clubs before the transfer deadline on 1 February.

"Both of them have contracts until the summer and they're not going to be extended," confirmed the manager at his press conference to preview Saturday's Emirates FA Cup third-round tie with Watford. "We're looking for them to find clubs. Marcos has been given time to go home, so he’s still in Argentina.

"Sergio has been back home as well to see his family, but he’s back in England now. But they’re professionals, they’re working hard and they’re ready if they’re called in for us. I’m sure they’re ready. Of course, Marcos will have to travel and quarantine before [playing again]."

Romero has made 61 appearances for the Reds, with the 33-year-old keeping goal when United won the 2017 Europa League, beating Ajax 2-0 in the final in Stockholm. His last appearance came in the same competition, as he kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 win over FC Copenhagen last August.

Marcos Rojo in training before a Champions League fixture earlier in the season.

Rojo has racked up 122 appearances for the Reds since signing from Sporting Lisbon in 2014.

The rugged centre-back has scored twice for the club, against Bournemouth in the Premier League and versus Cambridge United in the Emirates FA Cup. The defender has won both the FA Cup and League Cup during his time at Old Trafford.