Manchester United’s newest defender has continued to prove his pre-season critics wrong with several impressive performances at the heart of Louis van Gaal‘s defence.
Experts in the summer weren’t sure whether the Argentinian international would cut it at Old Trafford and after a few nervy performances, supporters were also unsure of Rojo’s quality.
But the tide was just beginning to turn before the defender dislocated his shoulder in the Manchester derby and it was assumed that he would miss the rest of 2014.
One part of Rojo’s increasing popularity at Old Trafford comes from his obvious desire on the pitch, his passion and his no nonsense attitude at the back so it wasn’t the biggest surprise when Rojo returned after missing just two matches.
And the defender returned in the form he had left in with a solid performance against an albeit weak Hull City side on Saturday.
But against Stoke City on Tuesday night, Rojo continued to form a strong partnership with the rejuvenated Chris Smalling in defence and played a big part in United’s victory.
One crucial tackle and subsequent clearance in the first half denied the visitors a clear effort on goal and the jury is still out as to whether Rojo can claim his first goal for the club. He celebrated apparently heading in Juan Mata‘s free-kick but there is no conclusive evidence as yet to confirm that the defender got a touch.
Whether it was his goal or not, Rojo is fast becoming a new cult hero at Old Trafford and with injuries still keeping out other first team players, supporters will hope he can continue his good form into the busy Christmas period.