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.