Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has admitted that he knows he needs to improve if he’s to excel in the Premier League, having arrived from Sporting Lisbon last summer.
The Argentina defender, purchased after his quality performances aided his national team in their run to the World Cup final in Brazil in 2014, has settled well into Louis van Gaal’s set-up, but is now looking to progress to the next level.
So far the Dutchman’s imports have been a mixed bag, with Angel Di Maria starting well but fading of late, Luke Shaw beginning to show his ability after a slow start, Ander Herrera not being able to force his way into the starting XI on a regular basis and the on-loan Radamel Falcao seemingly not cut out for Premier League football.
As such the Van Gaal overhaul looks set to continue in the summer, with Adidas’ kit sponsorship deal to hand him virtually inexhaustible funds for the transfer window. That could be one of the reasons why Rojo is looking to impress from the get go, as his position could well be one that is reinforced.
Need for improvement
“I know I have to improve a lot of things. I need to get to know the league better and our opponents' characteristics. I’m working hard to do that," Rojo explained, as per the Manchester Evening News.
"I know I have to improve a lot of things"
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“From the moment I arrived I've been immersed in the club, the history and the way the manager wants us to play.
"It's my first season here and I think I've fitted in well. I'm delighted with how quickly I've settled in."
Though the 25-year-old caught the eye as a full-back for Argentina, he’s been deployed more successfully in the centre of the defence. Shaw’s arrival has all but confirmed that he’s the man United want protecting their left-flank for the foreseeable future, and with the Red Devils back-line having come under plenty of criticism, the shift inside was inevitable.
For the trio of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans - all left behind when the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra left before the start of the season - have inspired little confidence when it comes to keeping opponents at bay, and even Rafael Da Silva and Antonio Valencia are facing uncertain futures on the right-flank.
It’s no coincidence that Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund, Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid and more recently Premier League fullbacks Nathaniel Clyne and Kyle Walker have been linked with Old Trafford as a result. With Van Gaal’s transfer kitty he’ll be looking to refine his defence before next term, and there will be little room for players deemed surplus to requirements.
In that respect Rojo might not need to worry. His versatility gives him the edge over certain other individuals. and his performances so far have hardly been shambolic. As he adjusts to life in England’s top flight he’s inevitably set to improve, and since he was viewed as a good player to begin with, that promises exciting things.
United fans do you think Rojo is good enough to remain at Old Trafford past the summer? Or does he have plenty of improving to do? Let us know in the comments box below...