Since Luke Shaw broke his leg in Manchester United’s game against PSV in the Champions League, Marcos Rojo has been filling in at left-back. Rojo started the season out of favour, after missing our pre-season tour in America after failing to keep his passport in date, with Louis van Gaal less than impressed.

Rojo has had a few good games since then, particularly in the job he did on Kevin De Bruyne on derby day, and has spoken of his determination to play well in Shaw’s absence.

I’m going to put in all the work necessary so I can be on form to help out the team in that position. What happened to Luke is a real shame and a player never likes to get into the starting team as a result of an injury to a team-mate. But that has been the case with me and now I have to get my head down and work hard in that role.

Rojo played in the centre of defence for Sporting but has been used as a left-back when playing for Argentina, and he has reflected on his position change.

I always used to play more as a centre-half. When it was time to move over and play at full-back, I had to work at it, both for club and country. It’s something I continue to work on in training, so I can keep on improving. Crossing the ball well, getting to the byline and helping to finish off a move are all key things I need to do in my position.




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