Manchester United’s deal for Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo was confirmed late yesterday as Louis van Gaal receives some much needed reinforcement ahead of the Premier League trip to Sunderland this weekend.
The deal is subject to a medical being passed and personal terms being agreed but if both of those issues are resolved, Rojo could go straight into the squad for the trip to the North East.
It’s a positive signing for United and a step in the right direction for a side that struggled with a new defensive system in the defeat to Swansea City last weekend.
Rojo can play out on the left as a wing-back in LvG’s current system or he can play as a left-back in a back four or as a left sided centre-back.
United’s lack of cover on the left following an injury to Luke Shaw and the departures of Patrice Evra and Alexander Buttner resulted in Ashley Young having to be used as a left wing-back.
That could force van Gaal to get Rojo into the team as the left wing-back as quickly as possible before potentially reverting him to the left of the three centre-backs once Shaw is back to full fitness.
Any fans who have doubts over Rojo’s ability to play for United can look to the recent World Cup for confidence.
Rojo was a key component of the Argentine defence, which made it all the way to the final of the tournament before a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Germany spoiled their dream.
It will now be interesting to see if United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward can back up this deal with any further additions before the transfer window slams shut on September 1.
Here’s what United fans make of the deal for Marcos Rojo via social media site Twitter.
Man United Girl © (@jameswilson_49) August 19, 2014
1. He's buzzing about signing for us. 2.Started for a team who got to the World Cup Final. 3. His name literally means red. I'm in. #Rojo— DG (@Dominic_Gray) August 19, 2014