United's opening day fixture with Swansea City didn't quite go to plan, as Garry Monk's side spoilt new manager Louis van Gaal's party with a 2-1 win. Red Devils star Wayne Rooney had cancelled out Ki Sung-Yueng's opener, but Gylfi Sigurdsson won the game for the Swans after comical defending from van Gaal's men.
The Dutchman is now tipped to make moves to improve his backline, which is not only short of numbers but also short of experience in van Gaal's 3-4-1-2 system. Whilst Roma's Mehdi Benatia remains a top target, it seems that Sporting Lisbon's Marcos Rojo is on the verge of a move to Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old impressed for Argentina at the World Cup, and with his experience of playing at both centre back and left back, van Gaal seems him as the perfect player to play as the left centre back in the United back three - but South American football expert Tim Vickery isn't quite to sure that Rojo is good enough to play at Old Trafford.
"Louis van Gaal is clearly thinking in terms of having a back three in his armoury and he might think Marcos Rojo ticks the boxes as someone who can play at left-back, can play centre-back, and therefore would be comfortable left-side of a back three," said Vickery. "But two months ago, certainly before the World Cup, no one really imagined Rojo as a player of Manchester United's calibre."
"He did well in the World Cup and his market value has obviously risen as a result, but I'm having to get it round my head a little bit the idea he might be wearing the United shirt because, certainly until recently, I didn't really see him as that calibre of player."
Rojo is certainly unheralded in terms of his reputation in England, but his projected fit in the United back three is perfect, whilst he can also fill in at left wing back - which may be key with Luke Shaw currently out injured.