Manchester United signing still unavailable to play amid work permit woes

Manchester United snapped up Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo last week - but he's struggling to secure a work permit to play.

The Red Devils have endured a tough start to the season, as the 2-1 opening day day defeat to Swansea City dampened spirits despite Louis van Gaal's arrival, and Sunday's draw with Sunderland once again underlined that United must sign new players ahead of next Monday's transfer deadline.

A deal to sign Argentine winger Angel Di Maria looks set for completion, and the Real Madrid winger will join in a deal rumoured to be worth £63.9m. Should the 26-year-old complete his move to Old Trafford, he will reunite with his international team mate Marcos Rojo, who joined United last week.

Rojo, 24, joined United in a £16m deal just days ago, with van Gaal clearly impressed with his performances at the World Cup this summer. The key to his arrival was down to his ability to play both centre half and left back, which is vital in van Gaal's 3-4-1-2 system.

In fact, signing any defender is key at this stage, with United having just six recognised centre backs at the club right now; Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Rojo, as well as youngsters Michael Keane and Tyler Blackett. Getting Rojo into the team as soon as possible is key - but there has been a hold-up, which will prevent him participating against MK Dons in the Capital One Cup this week.

Reports today suggest that Rojo is still yet to receive a work permit to play in England, and is struggling to get one as of now.

It seems inevitable that Rojo will be given a work permit given that he's a regular for Argentina, and United are now hoping that he will be given one in time to face Burnley this weekend.

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