‘He’s Clean But Aggressive’ – Jose Mourinho Defends Marcos Rojo After Reckless Two-Footed Tackle On Wilfried Zaha

Chris Wright

15th, December 2016



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.