Manchester United at Copa America

By Brayden May

This year’s tournament saw Manchester United represented by three players who were hoping to become the fourth player from United to have lifted the trophy.

Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero were part of the Argentina squad which reached the final for the second successive tournament before suffering defeat yet again through a penalty shootout to Chile.

Antonio Valencia was part of the Ecuador squad which suffered a quarter-finals exit t the hands of host the United States.

So how did each of these player’s fare at the tournament?

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - JUNE 26: Marcos Rojo of Argentina leaves the field after receiving a red card during the championship match between Argentina and Chile at MetLife Stadium as part of Copa America Centenario US 2016 on June 26, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey, US. (Photo by Omar Vega/LatinContent/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – JUNE 26: Marcos Rojo of Argentina leaves the field after receiving a red card during the championship match between Argentina and Chile at MetLife Stadium as part of Copa America Centenario US 2016 on June 26, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey, US. (Photo by Omar Vega/LatinContent/Getty Images)

Marcos Rojo (Argentina)

The United left back featured in all but one of the runner’s up matches as he finished his tournament with two assists, a reflection of the threat he carries going forward in the wide areas.

Once he made an appearance in the starting line-up, Rojo very much made the starting fullback position his own for the rest of the tournament.

The 27-year-old’s tournament ended on very much a low however as he was sent off in the final.

Sergio Romero (Argentina)

He may be United’s number two at club level but he is very much the first choice for Argentina, starting all six of their matches in between the sticks on route to the final.

Romero held a strong defensive record during the tournament as his side conceded only twice throughout their six matches.

The 29-year-old very much had the hopes of the nation on his shoulders as the final went to penalty shootouts and unfortunately the shot stopper was ultimately unable to lead his side to victory.

Antonio Valencia (Ecuador)

The versatile United winger enjoyed a solid tournament for his country finishing with a single goal and assist from their four games.

His tournament ended on a low as he was sent off in their 2-1 loss to the United States at the quarter-final stage.

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