Manchester United defense gets thinner as Marcos Rojo dislocates shoulder

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Marcos Rojo was stretchered off in the Manchester derby and the news from the Red Devils dressing room is not good.

The Argentinian defender was in obvious pain and needed oxygen as he came off the pitch, and was taken to the hospital, manager Louis van Gaal confirmed. The boss also noted that Rojo has a dislocated shoulder.

The injury occured after Marouane Fellaini gave the ball away to Martin Demichelis, and the City defender continued forward forcing Rojo to attempt an emergency tackle.

Van Gaal did not give an initial timetable, but conventional injury knowledge says it could be about 2-3 months before Rojo is back to full-speed.

It’s a massive blow to a dangerously thin defense which was forced to move Marouane Fellaini back for periods of the match at the Etihad as a stopgap and brought in 33-year-old Michael Carrick and 19-year-old Paddy McNair to fill in. Phil Jones and Jonny Evans have both gone down with injuries as well, and despite the massive summer spending spree by Manchester United, they have a crisis at the back.

Rojo was a summer purchase by Van Gaal, coming from Portuguese giants Sporting for a cool $25 million and has played the full 90 minutes in every Premier League match since debuting in United’s third league match of the season against Queens Park Rangers.