Criticised Manchester United man Marcos Rojo like 1978 World Cup captain, says BBC pundit

Manchester United's Marcos Rojo in action

Manchester United defender impressed in their weekend win.

Marcos Rojo has had a tough time at Manchester United since signing in 2014, with his performances at centre-back and left-back starkly different.

While his versatility has helped him get playing time, his displays at left-back have been poor, while in the centre he has been 'competent' at best - although BBC pundit Garth Crooks has far higher praise for him than that.

Tottenham's Harry Kane in action with Manchester United's Marcos RojoTottenham's Harry Kane in action with Manchester United's Marcos Rojo

Yesterday against Tottenham could have been his best display yet for the Red Devils, helping to shut down last season's top scorer Harry Kane.

He impressed alongside Phil Jones, helping the Red Devils to a much needed clean sheet as they held on for a 1-0 win.

Rojo's performance saw him named by Garth Crooks for BBC Sport in his Team of the Week, alongside Chelsea's Gary Cahill.

Crooks had high praise for Rojo, so much so that United fans may wonder if the pundit has been watching a different Rojo since he signed from Sporting Lisbon.

He said: "I have always thought highly of this defender, especially his competitive qualities. He reminds me of his compatriot and 1978 World Cup-winning captain Daniel Passarella - relatively small in stature but a giant in the battle.

"Rojo can play anywhere across the back four, but I like him at centre-back where he can attack the ball and the man if necessary. Manchester United never heard a peep out of Tottenham's Harry Kane and that was all down to Rojo."

Tottenham's Harry Kane in action with Manchester United's Marcos RojoTottenham's Harry Kane in action with Manchester United's Marcos Rojo

Rojo's performance along with Jones was a nice surprise for United fans who a few weeks ago would have feared the worst about the duo lining up together.

It is credit to Jose Mourinho that the pair not only look simply serviceable, but actually good at the back, with Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly recently missing time through injuries.

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