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20/08/2014 19:15, Report by A Marshall, M Froggatt
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Video profile: New United signing Marcos Rojo

Manchester United's new no.5, Marcos Rojo, is an aggressive, accomplished Argentine defender with a tough-tackling style that is sure to prove popular at Old Trafford.

The highly-rated South American starred at this summer's World Cup in Brazil, where he played in six of his country's seven games and only missed the quarter-final win over Belgium due to suspension. 

Rojo also scored his first-ever international goal during Argentina's 3-2 group-stage win over Nigeria. Respected analysts Castrol Index even selected the 24-year-old in their official Team of the Tournament with an average rating of 9.5 out of 10.

Argentina head coach Alessandro Sabella had previously worked with Rojo during their time together at Estudiantes, winning the Copa Libertadores in 2009 and the Torneo Apertura the following year. 

A move to Europe and Spartak Moscow followed, although the youngster struggled to settle in Russia with Nemanja Vidic’s former club. Nonetheless, senior international recognition with Argentina was still forthcoming and he competed at the Copa America as he proved his value at the highest level.

A switch to Sporting was sealed in the summer of 2012 for a fee of around £3.5million and, after adapting to life in the Portuguese league, he excelled throughout the 2013/14 campaign and impressed in a side that finished runners-up to Benfica.

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