Big things are expected of Manchester United’s £16 million summer signing Marcos Rojo. The Argentina international was handpicked by new manager Louis van Gaal to be part of his team for the 2014-15 season and is expected by many to take the Premier League by story.
The 24-year-old versatile player has yet to make his competitive debut for the Red Devils as he has still not received his rights to work in the UK, but he is already being tipped by many as someone who is going to make a huge difference in their defence.
However, renowned South American football expert Tim Vickery points out a flaw in Rojo’s game.
‘My worry about him is defensively in the Premier League’, he told Sky Sports. ‘Remember in the World Cup he missed the quarter-finals through suspension.
‘He picked up a couple of yellow cards in a tournament where referees were very reluctant to reach for their cards.
‘So that’s a little worry I have about him. Against the quality of strikers that the Premier League has, will this defensive weakness be exposed?’
Before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Rojo was viewed as Argentina’s main weakness in defence. However, the former Sporting Lisbon star went on to star for his country and was included in the World Cup All-Star Team.
Rojo is a very good player whose ability to play at left-back, centre-back and left wing-back is suited to Van Gaal’s 3-5-2 system.
However, as with every player featuring in the Premier League for the first time, Rojo will take some time to get used to the physical and fast nature of the English game.