This is what Marcos Rojo needs to do more often
SECRET VIDEO: Marcos Rojo has had a stop start existence at Old Trafford so far. The football4football training team went to Portugal way before the 2014 World Cup and it was the Argentine star that caught our eye.
PA ImagesMarcos Rojo is a proven performer on the world stage. Named in FIFA's team of the 2014 World Cup, he'll have to wait to demonstrate his worth internationally on the domestic stage as Manchester United are n it in Europe till potentially 2015-2016.
Injury has meant many weeks out at different times. Hurt
After typical big-spending after a World Cup, Manchester United secured the services of one of the most sought after defenders in World football with Marcos Rojo.
As with most South American players, Rojo has a few tricks up his sleeveRabona
At the time both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were gone from the heart of the Old Trafford defence. Senior players like Blind, Smalling, Carrick and Jones have all featured there and young players like Mcnair and Blackett had been tried.
PA ImagesNemanja Vidic was a colossus for Manchester United for nearly 10 years. Rojo has a tough act (literally) to follow.Big Void
Rojo joined from Sporting Lisbon, playing either as a left back (something that was needed after Luke Shaw got sidelined) or as a conventional centre-back. The problem is, Manchester United fans haven't truly seen what he is capable of. Injury aside, foreign players do take time to settle. Communication is needed so much in football, especially at the back.
On one of our European observational trips, football4football dropped in on Sporting Lisbon and the classy Rojo ran the show.... from defence.
PA ImagesPerformances for Sporting Lisbon of Portugal alerted the shrewd people of European football (WELL DONE F4F!) to the classy left footed defender. It was the World Cup where he really rose to prominence. Class Act
Watching him at close quarters meant you could see his 1st class positioning. He talked well, constantly organising those around him. Also, he’s very composed on the ball.Dr Adam Owen: football4football Head of Performance
The Argentinian's leadership qualities have yet to fully show at Manchester United. If he does get a strong run in the team then the Old Trafford faithful could have someone just a dominating as powerhouse Vidic or the calming Ferdinand.
One thing is for sure, Rojo is a competitor and demands high standards of himself. These same standards are what he expects from those around him. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has always admired and respected players who can lead by example and are committed to his cause, and in Rojo he has a player with those qualities. He just needs him on the pitch more!
Rojo has stepped into the starting line-up at Manchester United in his preferred role as a left-sided centre back. Pundits from Sky Sports, Match of the Day and BT Sport have all commented on the Argentine being one the most improved players in the Premier League. Take away some no holds barred South American tackles, and his performances have been top notch, just like what football4football saw all that time ago in Portugal.