A report by The Athletic has revealed that Manchester United signed Marcos Rojo in 2014 without knowing that he was under criminal investigation at the time.
According to The Athletic, the Old Trafford club only found out about the Argentina defender being under investigation for an alleged bottle attack on two people in his native country when a club employee typed the player’s name into Google after the transfer was completed.
#mufc have started to involve spying firms to investigate players they are trying to sign. This is to try and avoid situations like signing Marcos Rojo in 2014 whilst he was being investigated by police for an alleged bottle attack in Argentina #mulive [the athletic]
— utdreport (@utdreport) October 16, 2019
The Athletic added that Rojo had faced the possibility of a prison sentence if he was convicted over the alleged bottle attack, but the case was eventually settled out of court.
The story has sparked a humorous reaction from these Manchester United fans on Twitter, with some making James Bond references and others citing the case of Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa sending a spy to Derby’s training ground prior to a Championship match last season:
Is this a new Netflix series? Is this a parody?
— Man United Mumbai (@ManUnitedOpini1) October 16, 2019
Get Bond on the case!
— Adam Bateman (@BoxyBate) October 16, 2019
Heard marco bilesa is the head of the spying firm
— Luke hold (@Lukehold6) October 16, 2019
— Nathan (@nlesport_) October 16, 2019
Might as well get marcelo bielsa then
— Ronald (@SassyGomes) October 16, 2019
— Adam Flynn (@adamwflynn) October 16, 2019
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