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Rojo reveals how Mourinho asked him not to 'break' Sanchez in practice

  • Marcos Rojo has revealed how Jose Mourinho told him to ease off Alexis Sanchez
  • The Argentine defender admitted to having bad blood with the Chilean forward
  • Mourinho asked Rojo not to 'break him' after Sanchez completed his move

Marcos Rojo has revealed how Jose Mourinho pleaded with him not to 'break' Alexis Sanchez in practice after the Chilean completed his January move from Arsenal.

The Argentine defender admitted to having some bad blood with the winger after a number of feisty exchanges on the pitch.

After Sanchez's move to Old Trafford was confirmed, Mourinho had to approach Rojo to make sure he took it easy on him during training.

Marcos Rojo (right) reveals how Jose Mourinho told him to take it easy on Alexis Sanchez 

Marcos Rojo (right) reveals how Jose Mourinho told him to take it easy on Alexis Sanchez 

The Manchester United boss asked Rojo not to 'break' Sanchez during training in January

The Manchester United boss asked Rojo not to 'break' Sanchez during training in January

'When the club signed Sanchez, he came up and asked me not to break him in practice,' Rojo told Argentine outlet Ole via Sports Witness. 

Rojo was vocal over the pair's relationship earlier this year and admitted to giving the 29-year-old a 'good kicking' when they faced each other at club and international level.

'Alexis is a great player, but we didn't used to get on out on the pitch,' Rojo told TYC Sports in March. 

The Argentine defender admitted to having some bad blood with the winger previously

The Argentine defender admitted to having some bad blood with the winger previously

Rojo admitted to giving the 29-year-old a 'good kicking' when they faced each other 

Rojo admitted to giving the 29-year-old a 'good kicking' when they faced each other 

'Every time we came up against one another, whether in internationals or when United played Arsenal, I would give him a good kicking — and he did the same to me.

'On top of that I used to insult him, and he would reply in kind. So when I learned that he was going to join United I said, 'Oh, f****** hell, no, now this guy's going to be here'.'

Rojo has also revealed that he has discussed his playing time with Mourinho after appearing just 12 times for the club all season.

The 28-year-old missed United's first 11 matches with injury but was subsequently injury free for the remainder of the season, starting just eight times out of the 27 games.

Mourinho approached Rojo following Sanchez's move from Arsenal earlier this year

Mourinho approached Rojo following Sanchez's move from Arsenal earlier this year

Rojo admits he cannot blame Mourinho but wants to know why his playing time has been reduced significantly, after playing 41 games in the previous campaign.

'I cannot blame him, but at the end of the season, with fear, I went to talk to him (Mourinho) and I tried to ask him what was going on.' Rojo told Sport Witness.

'He told me there were several in situations similar to mine. And he was going to put the one in who was better.'

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