Manchester United's Marcos Rojo on the reason for his fighting spirit

Manchester United spent £16million on Marcos Rojo in the summer and he has now been talking about what inspired his style of play.

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has been speaking to the club’s match-day programme about his reputation and his personality on the field.

The Argentina international has settled well at Old Trafford following his summer move from Sporting Lisbon, making 10 appearances for the club to date.

He has recently been blighted by injury but he is hopeful of returning for the festive period and in comments published by the club’s official website he revealed the truth about his hard-man image.

“I’m totally different off the field to what I am on it,” the United defender said.

“What it is, from being a young kid, I used to play football around my neighbourhood in La Plata with clubs who were much older than me.

“I would be aged 10 and playing against lads who were 18 and they would play hard and not hold back, and that’s how I grew up.”

When Rojo signed for United some questioned whether he was an improvement on the players already at the club’s disposal. He had proved himself as a left-back at the World Cup but Luke Shaw was already in place and Rojo was signed predominantly as a centre-back.

But the 24-year-old has impressed thus far and has shown glimpses of the quality central defender he could become under Louis van Gaal’s tutelage.

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