Marcus Rojo was delighted to learn that the injury he picked up against Arsenal was not serious.
Rojo was making his return from an injury that had sidelined him for three months. The game against Arsenal was his first start.
But the Argentine defender was replaced after 55 minutes when Danny Welbeck caught him.
Scans showed that he had not suffered a significant problem from the challenge, and Rojo admitted that he was relieved.
“When it happened, I was concerned that it could be a more serious injury than it turned out to be, but I thought it would be better to come off at that point to be replaced by a player who was at full fitness and save aggravating the injury,” Rojo told MUTV,
“[Despite coming off] I feel that the Arsenal game did me a lot of good and I got my rhythm back. After three months out with injury it wasn’t easy to come back and it’s not something that should be rushed. It has to be done match-by-match. My goal is obviously to achieve full fitness again and play a full 90 minutes.”
Rojo started against Watford in midweek as United won 1-0 and played 70 minutes before he was replaced by Matteo Darmian, who was also returning from injury.
As Arsenal stutter in their title challenge, they will need to keep a watchful eye over their shoulder.
City are just two points behind, with the sides still to meet at the Etihad. West Ham are just a further point back. We have to play then, too.
United, who are finally putting together a run and are welcoming players back on a weekly basis, are just five points behind Arsenal – a smaller gap than the one the Gunners will be hoping to close on Leicester.