Manchester United have this evening confirmed the signing of Marcos Rojo from Sporting for a fee of €20 million on a five-year contract. The Old Trafford club also confirmed that United’s Portuguese winger Nani has left the club on a season log loan with his former club, which was part of the deal to bring Rojo to United. The Argentinian defender had a good FIFA World Cup this summer, helping his country reach the final, only to see them beaten by Germany. Rojo is the fourth signing this summer, the third if you only count first team signings as 17-year-old goalkeeper Vanja Milinković-Savić signed for the club earlier this summer before being loaned back to FK Vojvodina for the remainder of the 2014/15 season. Rojo will join Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw in the Manchester United first team.
Rojo is not the only Argentinian player to play for Manchester United, there were three before him. Juan Sebastián Verón, who signed for United from Lazio in 2001, making 82 appearances and scoring 11 goals before leaving for Chelsea in 2003. Gabriel Heinze, who signed from Paris Saint-Germain in 2004, making 83 appearances and scoring four goals before leaving for Real Madrid in 2007 and finally Carlos Tevez, who signed for United on a two-year loan in 2007 from West Ham United, making 99 appearances and scoring 34 goals before leaving for rivals Manchester City in 2009.
Manchester United have confirmed that Rojo will wear the number five shirt, recently vacated by Rio Ferdinand who wore is from 2002 until 2014. He will reinforce the defence considerably I think. He is versatile and can tackle and at only 24 years of age and already played in a FIFA World Cup Final, hopefully he will turn into a player that United and their supporters will be proud of for years to come. any supporters would have liked to have seen Mats Hummels sign over Rojo, but United have signed lesser known players in the past and it has worked out very well for them. May that tradition continue.
Marcos Rojo, Manchester United’s new number five, speaking about signing for the Old Trafford club, said:
“It is such an honour to say that I now play for Manchester United. The Premier League is the most exciting league in the world and to have the chance to play in it for the world’s biggest club is a dream for me. I am young and am very keen to continue to learn the game, so playing for such an experienced technical coach as Louis van Gaal is a fantastic opportunity for me. I have joined United to work hard with my team-mates to win trophies and I know that the manager shares that ambition.”
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, speaking about his third first team signing of the summer, said:
“Marcos is a very gifted defender. He has played at the highest level in world football and can play either as a central defender or left-back. He has ability, physical strength and a willingness to learn that means he has a very bright future ahead of him. He had a very strong World Cup and has been playing in Europe for a couple of years now. He is a very good addition to the team.”
Rojo has signed before the noon deadline on Friday, meaning he will be able to make his club debut against Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday, should the manager feel he is fit enough of course. Failing that, he could travel with the side selected for the Capital One Cup second round match against MK Dons in Milton Keynes on Tuesday 26th August. With a bit of luck, there might be another Argentinian following Rojo to Old Trafford, I doubt it, but would like to be proven wrong.