Marcos Rojo put in a sublime performance as Manchester United drew 0-0 with Manchester City on Sunday.
Rojo kept his place at left-back ahead of Daley Blind for the game despite the Argentine’s poor display last time out against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.
Rojo seemed to have put that behind him as he was a defensive rock up against Kevin de Bruyne on City’s right flank.
The Belgian playmaker barely had a kick all game thanks to Rojo’s relentless pressure. The full-back managed to keep De Bruyne at bay, as well as getting up the field in support of Anthony Martial. Keeping tabs on De Bruyne could have proved to be a difficult task but Rojo was on top of his game for the full 90 minutes at Old Trafford. Manuel Pellegrini eventually decided to move his star man onto the left wing, due to Rojo not giving him an inch on his flank.
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It was an encouraging display from the former Sporting Lisbon man who was under pressure following his subpar showing in the Russian capital on Wednesday. Rojo was isolated and seemed lost on numerous occasions against CSKA but looked like a different player on Sunday as he thwarted City’s attack time and time again.
It is a great platform for him to build on as he looks to secure a regular spot in the team. With Luke Shaw set to miss the majority of the season with a double broken leg, it could be the opportunity Rojo needs to really make a name for himself as a United player.