Juan Mata says Manchester United newbie Marcos Rojo claims to be a free-kick taker

Marcos Rojo - Portugal Vs Argentina, 9th February 2011

The summer signing from Sporting Lisbon fancies his chances over the wall.

Manchester United fans will certainly remember their former defender Gabriel Heinze. The Argentine was at the club between 2004 and 2007 before leaving for Real Madrid in rather acrimonious circumstances.

One thing he did have a reputation for whilst at the club was trying to muscle in on the free-kick taking. It was clear the Argentine felt he had a wand of a left-boot. Now, a fellow Manchester United Argentine who plays the exact same positions as Heinze thinks the same thing.

Juan Mata has been speaking to ManUtd.com about the club's free-kick takers, where he revealed that summer signing Marcos Rojo has made it clear he can swing them in. But Mata doubts it:

"The manager decides [who takes them] before each match. We have very good takers. We have Wazza [Wayne Rooney]. Ander [Herrera] can take them, then there is Angel [Di Maria] and Marcos Rojo says he can take them too, although I don't know about that yet!

"Robin [van Persie] as well, so we have some good options."

The list of United free-kick takers is certainly long, so Rojo has a while to wait in the queue. It would seem Mata will be taking them ahead of him for one. Rojo must be getting sick of Mata stealing his thunder.

The pair contested who got the winning goal against Stoke City back at the start of December, after Rojo claimed to get a flick on Mata's in-swinging free-kick.

That goal was credited to the Spaniard. The least he could do is let Rojo have a go from a free-kick. Otherwise he is destined to be another Heinze, the odd man out of the discussion on the edge of the box.

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