Marcos Rojo became the third summer signing for Manchester United last week when he moved from Sporting Lisbon for a reported transfer fee of £16 million.
The Argentina international has arrived at Old Trafford with a strong reputation, having proved his doubters wrong at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The 24-year-old was a key player in the South American country’s progress to the final of the tournament and was named in the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team.
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And now Rojo has joined United, a club he described as the biggest in the world. As with players moving to the Premier League from mainland Europe, there are doubts on whether the former Spartak Moscow left-back can succeed in the English top flight.
But United midfielder Juan Mata has no doubt that Rojo will be a success at United and pointed out his performances in Brazil as proof.
‘During the week Marcos Rojo became our new team-mate’, the 26-year-old Spain international wrote on his blog. ‘I would like to welcome him and I wish him all the best with our club. I believe he can contribute a lot of good things to the team as he showed, for instance, in the last World Cup with Argentina’.
Rojo may not be a world-class player at the moment, but he is talented and is versatile. The former Estudiantes star can play as a centre-back and a left-back, and will be crucial in Louis van Gaal’s side’s chances of finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season.