Sky Sports pundits lay into Manchester United 26-year-old for display v Everton
By Emma Sanders
Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Leon Osman claimed Marcos Rojo was lucky not to be given a red card for his challenge on Idrissa Gueye in the first half of Manchester United’s 1-1 draw against Everton.
The defender stormed into a two-footed challenge against the Everton star but was only shown a yellow card by Michael Oliver despite complaints from the hosts.
“It was 100% a red card. I can’t believe the officials haven’t seen it. He took off! How the linesman can’t see that… It’s a shocking challenge,” Carragher told Sky Sports 1’s live coverage of the match.
“He’s out of control and Gueye could have been seriously hurt there. Thank god he hasn’t been. A tackle like that shouldn’t be turned from a red to a yellow because of what happened previously,” added Leon Osman.
Rojo started his 14th Manchester United game after injuries to Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly has given him an unexpected role in the side.
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Alongside Phil Jones, he has helped United go five games without a defeat following the clash against Everton despite the club missing a number of injured stars.
The 26-year-old joined the club in August 2014 for £16 million under Louis Van Gaal but was struggling to get into Jose Mourinho’s side prior to Smalling and Bailly’s injuries.
He has now made 68 appearances in total during his United career so far despite being renowned for having a very poor discipline record while at Sporting Lisbon.
The Blues have not won a game since their 2-0 victory against West Ham over a month ago and were thrashed 5-0 by Chelsea in November which kick-started a spell of five games without a win.
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