Former Liverpool defender and ESPN pundit Steve Nicol has praised Manchester United’s signing of Marcos Rojo, believing the defender will prove a great fit in Louis van Gaal’s side.
Signed from Sporting Lisbon for £16 million, Rojo made 61 appearances during his two seasons in Portugal, having moved from Spartak Moscow prior to the 2012-13 campaign, earning positive reviews for his performances at centre-back.
Featuring at left-back for Argentina this summer at the World Cup, where he further impressed, Nicol thinks the 24-year-old’s versatility makes him a great fit in Van Gaal’s 3-5-2 system and also believes the transfer fee will prove a bargain in the long-term.
‘He did pretty much play left-back for Argentina, but this guy can play as a left-sided centre-back,’ he told ESPN. ‘And if Van Gaal’s going to play with three at the back then this is the perfect guy for him.
‘He’s strong, he’s got pace and he’s good on the ball, so I think this is a good signing.
‘It’s €20 million, and you can’t go out and spend €40 million or €50 million on every signing, budget wise. For €20 million, I think this is a great pick up.’
Signing a five-year deal at Old Trafford, Rojo could make his United debut in Sunday’s game at Sunderland, where Van Gaal’s side will be looking to bounce back from the 2-1 defeat to Swansea.