Jose Mourinho has spoken in defence of Marcos Rojo after the Manchester United man flew into yet another dangerous challenge during his side’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace last night.
Rojo went lunging in on Wilfried Zaha with both feet only to be shown a yellow card by referee Craig Pawson…
The ‘tackle’ was only slightly less reckless than the horrible double-footed stamp Rojo put in on Idrissa Gueye when United played Everton 10 days ago.
Again, this was only deemed worthy of a booking…
Still, Mourinho maintains that his centre-back is essentially a “clean” player who merely succumbs to his “aggressive” Argentinian nature from time to time.
Speaking after the Palace match, the United manager told the press:
He’s playing really well, phenomenal. He’s a clean player, aggressive. His nature, Argentinian, is emotional but very clean, and he’s playing probably the best football of his career.
I didn’t comment on David Luiz’s tackle on Marouane Fellaini, or Danny Rose’s tackle on Henrikh Mkhitaryan. So I’m not going to comment on this one.
Rojo’s a liability is what he is. Nobody has ever been coached to tackle like that.
The two-footed tackle, especially of the flying variety, is a lunge rooted in cowardice – a spineless way to ensure you don’t get hurt in any given 50-50 situation.
He’s just incredibly lucky that both Zaha and Gueye were able to walk away.