Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dropped a big hint that Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo no longer want to be at the club. Smalling and Rojo have been training away from the first-team in recent weeks and were therefore not part of the squad for United’s first two matches of the season.
Smalling spent a successful spell on loan at Roma last term and the Serie A club are keen on making the deal permanent.
But United are yet to receive an offer they feel is acceptable for the England international.
Rojo, meanwhile, spent the second half of last season at boyhood club Estudiantes.
And when asked about why the pair are training alone, Solskjaer strongly hinted it is due to their desire to leave the club.
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“It’s different ways they can get their fitness and sharpness but, of course, the first major contribution is for them to give 100 per cent and want to be a part of the team themselves,” Solskjaer said.
“They have got to want to be a part of this team going forward, be a part of this culture. If they don’t they will have to train by themselves.”
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Smalling’s contract at United runs until June 2022, with the option of another year.
Serie A club Inter Milan are also reportedly interested in signing the 30-year-old.
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But former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes Smalling deserves another chance in a United defence that struggled in their opening-day defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend.
“I just feel that Chris Smalling should be given an opportunity,” Keown said on talkSPORT.
“I look at [Victor] Lindelof and feel that Smalling’s maybe a better player.
“But it seems as if a decision’s been made for Smalling to leave already.
“I’m not sure Lindelof could have gone to Roma and performed the way that Smalling has.
“If we look at both players in isolation, there’s a lack of mobility at the moment.
“The Smalling situation demonstrates in football that as a player you’re just a commodity.
“At the moment they’re trying to get him out, as they’re trying to get [Jadon] Sancho in from Dortmund, he’s just a pawn in all of this game and when that game’s over and the transfer window finishes then if he’s available he comes back into the thinking of the manager.
“But for now he’s not going to play and it’s a shame, along with Phil Jones who is another one they seem to have given up on, Smalling is one of those.”
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