Marcos Rojo claims 'goal' against Stoke City was definitely his first for Manchester United

Marcos Rojo playing for Argentina

Marcos Rojo says he got a touch on the winning goal against Stoke City this month.

This summer Louis van Gaal needed to strengthen the Manchester United defence after the departures of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra.

He quickly identified Marcos Rojo of Argentina as the man for him and after a mini transfer saga snapped him up from Sporting Lisbon for around £16 million and Nani going in the other direction on loan.

He has since proven to be an excellent acquisition. Easily adaptable to both centre-back and left-back he is a strong and tenacious defender, similar in style to former United man and fellow countryman Gabriel Heinze.

He recently suffered a dislocated shoulder but returned to football far quicker than originally expected. His return to the team has coincided with an excellent run of form, which has taken them to fourth spot in the Premier League table. And he believes that he had a direct helping hand in that run, with a goal.

United's recent winner against Stoke City has been officially credited as a Juan Mata goal, after the Spaniard's free-kick deceived Asmir Begovic, brushing past the head of Rojo along the way.

The general consensus is that Rojo did not touch the ball and Mata was the scorer, but the Argentine is adamant he touched it and is claiming it as his first Manchester United goal.

He told United Uncovered:

"I certainly felt that I got a touch on it. It didn't change the trajectory of the ball, it didn't look as if I'd made good contact with the ball but I've seen lots of photographs! There is one out there that shows that I clearly did make contact and it was my goal.

"They [my team-mates] were laughing about it. We've talked about it since. Some say it was Juan's goal, some say it was mine but I'm taking it. I'm claiming it as mine."

Considering it will be his first goal then why not, surely Juan can let him have this one.

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