Manchester United did a lot of business over the summer – Louis van Gaal came in and completely changed the look of the United team. The Dutchman spent £153m, adding to what was an already very talented squad of players.
Radamel Falcao arrived on a season-long loan from Monaco, with Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Angel di Maria, Daley Blind and Ander Herrera all signing permanently. Putting Falcao aside, all of van Gaal’s additions have been big hits with the United fans, but there’s one name on that list that stands out from the rest – many wouldn’t have had Marcos Rojo down as being the Red Devils’ best signing of the summer, but that’s exactly what he has been.
Since making the £16m switch from Sporting Lisbon in the summer, Rojo has been a real solid capture for United. The defender, who’s already shown his versatility by being required to play as a centre-back and a left-back in his short time at Old Trafford, has told MUTV that he feels “immersed” in the club already.
The 24-year-old said; “From the moment I arrived I’ve been immersed in the club, the history and the way the manager wants us to play,” said Rojo. “It’s my first season here and I think I’ve fitted in well. I’m delighted with how quickly I’ve settled in.”
Rojo has been outstanding in the 18 league and cup appearances he’s made for United thus far, and he’s very quickly adapted to the English game. The Argentina international, who impressed in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, had big boots to fill after the departure of the popular Patrice Evra. But he’s already proved to be more than a handy replacement to the Frenchman.
The Argentinian stalwart has had a troubled time with injuries since arriving in Manchester – he dislocated his shoulder in November – then suffered a thigh strain a month later. But the full-back has not let that deter his season, and he’s shown the mental strength and character that is needed to make the grade at Old Trafford.
United’s new-look team are mounting a serious challenge to get back to the Champions League next season. Despite an extremely disappointing display and result against Swansea City on the weekend, van Gaal’s team will hope they have enough to recover from the defeat in Wales, and stamp down a top four place. United have now dropped a place to fourth, after Arsenal saw off Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Even though the Red Devils boss has been criticised for his team’s style of play this season, you can’t fault the Dutchman for his shrewd signings over the summer. The capture of Rojo typifies van Gaal’s first season at Old Trafford – solid, and straight to the point.
When the former Spartak Moscow defender has played for United this term, he’s undoubtedly been one of van Gaal’s standout players so far. Rojo is enjoying life at Manchester United, probably as much as the United fans are enjoying his presence in the heart of the defence, and they will be hoping he can continue his fine form for the foreseeable future.