Marcos Rojo reveals that Louis van Gaal told him he has more to offer to Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan

Marcos Rojo has revealed that Louis van Gaal told him he has a “lot more” to show at Manchester United.

Rojo has worked his way back into the first-team following a long-term injury to Luke Shaw.

The Argentine has impressed against the likes of Manchester City but he needs to refine certain aspects of his game and develop some consistency if he is to become a success at Old Trafford this term.

Rojo admitted he is determined to nail down a starting spot for United, although he said it is not the way he hoped his breakthrough would happen.

“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 teammate, but that has been the case with me and now I have to get my head down and work hard in that role,” the 25-year-old said.

When asked if he has been trying to improve his crossing, Rojo added: “Yes, I have, because 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.

“Without a doubt, I have a lot ahead of me to experience in the game. But I try to play every game in the same way, dong my absolute best whoever the opponents are. The manager has said I still have a lot more I can show as a player, and he is someone who is very knowledgeable about the game. All I try to do is train hard every day and keep growing and learning a little bit more.”

There were rumours that Rojo had fallen out with van Gaal following the player’s failure to join up with United’s pre-season tour of the USA but he seems to have settled back into first-team affairs. While he still has work to do, there are encouraging signs as far as Rojo is concerned.

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