After seven months out with an injury, Marcos Rojo is fit and back in the team. Jose Mourinho has given him the full 90 minutes on a few occasions but rested him for the midweek win over CSKA Moscow.
Having been patient in his recovery, Rojo has revealed how good it feels to be back on the pitch.
It was good to get the rest. I’ve played three matches now and had 90 minutes in those games and I actually felt better than I thought I would do physically and I’m getting back into that rhythm now. I think it was a good decision by the manager to leave me out [against CSKA] because I feel fresh.
It’s great for me to be back on the pitch and feel the love of the fans and the love of the people again. My return has come from the hard work I put in over the summer in Portugal to try to get myself back to peak condition. There were difficult moments and it was tough but, during those times, I relied on my family to help me through and it’s great to be back.
Rojo will likely start in a three-man defence on Sunday against Manchester City and reckons the side that wins will be the one who focusses the best and wants it the most.
I’m really looking forward to Sunday. It seemed like it was a long way in the distance when I was injured, but now it’s here and I’m ready and fit and raring to go.
I think it comes down to focus and who wants to win the game the most. The two teams are equal and both in good form, so it’s going to come down to who wants it the most and that concentration throughout the game.