Marcos Rojo has confirmed he will be moving to Manchester United in the coming days.
Manchester United are close to wrapping up a deal for Argentina and Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo. The player himself has stated his elation at having to represent the Premier League giants this season.
“It’s a dream to play at Manchester United and I am very proud of having the chance of working with [Louis] van Gaal,” Rojo told the Argentinian radio station, Continental.
“I spoke with Juan Sebastián Verón about Manchester United when we were at Estudiantes. I have always liked English football, and I should adapt to this new playing style easily.”
The Argentine international apologized about his refusal to train with Sporting to try and force the transfer. He said, “There was a misunderstanding, I never wanted to do something wrong at Sporting as I have always been very thankful to that team that gave me many chances for playing in Europe. If I made a mistake I have already apologised because I didn’t want to hurt the feelings of anyone at the club.”
In Van Gaal’s preferred 3-5-2 system, he requires at least one left-sided defender. Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans, the three established first-team players in the position, are all predominantly right-sided. Moreover, the absence of Luke Shaw for at least the next month would have further pushed van Gaal and the Manchester United management to finalize Rojo’s signing. United lost their opening game at Old Trafford to Swansea City and the defence came to be criticized a lot. Asked after the match whether his side needs reinforcements, van Gaal replied, “That is not a question because I knew that before this game. Of course we need defenders”
Rojo would easily fit in at the Red Devils and would be a huge asset for the club because he will be able to operate as a left wing-back (in the present system), left-back (his primary position) and centre back (the position he is often deployed in and started out at). With Luke Shaw out, Rojo could immediately be in the first-team picture at left wing-back or as the left-sided central defender.
The deal for Rojo is £16m cash plus Luis Nani on a one-season loan. It remains uncertain as of now, whether Nani himself is willing to go back to Portugal. A move back for the Portuguese would mark a return to the club where he played for two seasons until his 2007 move to Old Trafford.