Marcos Rojo gave his exclusive first interview to MUTV, saying he has joined the world’s biggest club and promises to “play each game as if it’s my last”
Welcome to Manchester United. How does it feel to be here and to be signing for this club?
Thanks very much. I’m very happy as this is a big step forward in my career and it’s amazing to be joining the biggest club in the world.
What do you know about the club, the history, the players?
I know a lot about the club because I always follow the Premier League and Manchester United were always my team because they were the biggest and the best. Juan Sebastian Veron played for United and was a great player and I always watched his progress. United were always my club.
There has been a lot of talk and speculation about the move. How have the last few days been for you?
It’s taken a while for everything to get sorted out because these transfers can be very difficult, but I’m so happy to be here at Manchester United.
How did you feel when you heard for the first time that Louis van Gaal wanted to sign you?
It was unbelievable. We played against his team in the World Cup and they were excellent. When I heard that he wanted me to come here I was very happy but also very proud and very excited to get an opportunity at a club like this.
What do you think your best qualities are as a footballer?
I always give everything I have in a game and I leave everything out there on the pitch. I play each game as if it could be my last. That’s the most important thing in my philosophy.
What do you think you can achieve here, with the team and also on a personal level?
I think the most important thing is that I keep growing as a player and keep improving. I have worked really hard for this opportunity and now I am at the biggest club in the world and I want to win trophies.
Finally, there are a lot of people here at the club now who can speak Spanish so that should help you settle in and get used to your new surroundings…
Absolutely, that will certainly help me as I get used to life in this country and will help me get settled into the team as quickly as possible.
United sign Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon
- Argentina international joins on five-year contract
- Nani to join Sporting Lisbon on loan
Manchester United is delighted to announce the signing of defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon for a fee of €20m, with Nani joining the Portuguese club on a season-long loan. Marcos joins on a five-year contract.
Rojo, 24, joined Sporting from Spartak Moscow, having started his career at his home town team of Estudiantes de la Plata. Marcos has played 28 times for Argentina since making his debut three years ago and played six games, including the final, in his country’s run to the recent FIFA World Cup final, scoring in the last group game against Nigeria. He was named as one of the defenders in the Castrol Index All Star Team of the tournament.
Marcos Rojo said: “It is such an honour to say that I now play for Manchester United. The Premier League is the most exciting league in the world and to have the chance to play in it for the world’s biggest club is a dream for me. I am young and am very keen to continue to learn the game, so playing for such an experienced technical coach as Louis van Gaal is a fantastic opportunity for me. I have joined United to work hard with my team-mates to win trophies and I know that the manager shares that ambition.”
Louis van Gaal said: “Marcos is a very gifted defender. He has played at the highest level in world football and can play either as a central defender or left-back. He has ability, physical strength and a willingness to learn that means he has a very bright future ahead of him. He had a very strong World Cup and has been playing in Europe for a couple of years now. He is a very good addition to the team.”
The enigmatic, entertaining Dutchman spoke about the reasons behind giving Wayne Rooney the captaincy and discussed the nine injuries within his squad ahead of the start of the new season – to which, he responded emphatically: “I am very confident. I am not nervous, you don’t see it – nine players injured and I am not nervous!”
Encouraging his new skipper to play with freedom when the season kicks off against Swansea, he urged Rooney: “Let it fly, let if fly! In the United States he scored a lot of goals and made a great amount of assists. So I want to see that Wayne.”
"Football is about entertaining the people," he added. "When there are no fans, nobody shall come. Even the broadcasters won’t come. So it is very important that we please the fans."
United release 2014/15 squad numbers
Manchester United are pleased to announce the club’s shirt numbers for the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season.
Summer signing Luke Shaw will wear the no.3 jersey while fellow new recruit Ander Herrera will wear 21. Adnan Januzaj has also adopted the no.11 shirt that was famously worn by Ryan Giggs throughout his illustrious Reds career.
Anderson has been given the no.28 shirt, Nick Powell has taken no.22 and James Wilson has changed from no.46 to no.49.
Shirt numbers for the 2014/15 season:
1. De Gea; 2. Rafael; 3. Shaw; 4. Jones; 6. Evans; 8. Mata; 10. Rooney; 11. Januzaj; 12. Smalling; 13. Lindegaard; 14. Chicharito; 16. Carrick; 17. Nani; 18. Young; 19. Welbeck; 20. van Persie; 21. Herrera; 22. Powell; 23. Cleverley; 24. Fletcher; 25. Valencia; 26. Kagawa; 28. Anderson; 29. Zaha; 30. Varela; 31. Fellaini; 34. Lawrence; 35. Lingard; 36. Vermijl; 38. M Keane; 39. Thorpe; 40. Amos; 41. James; 42. Blackett; 45. Petrucci; 46. Rothwell; 48. W Keane; 49. Wilson; 50. Johnstone.
Wayne Rooney named Manchester United captain.
Louis van Gaal has announced that Wayne Rooney will become the new team captain of Manchester United, with Darren Fletcher as vice-captain.
Louis van Gaal said: “For me it’s always very important the choice of captain. Wayne has shown a great attitude towards everything he does. I have been very impressed by his professionalism and his attitude to training and to my philosophy. He is a great inspiration to the younger members of the team and I believe he will put his heart and soul into his captaincy role.
"Darren Fletcher will become the vice-captain. Darren is a natural leader and will captain the team when Wayne isn’t playing. Darren is a very experienced player and a very popular member of the dressing room, I know he will work well alongside Wayne."
Wayne Rooney said: “It is a huge honour for me – and for my family – to be named captain of this great club. It is a role I will perform with great pride. Team spirit has always been very high in our dressing room and I am very grateful to the manager for the faith he has shown in me. I look forward to leading the team out on Saturday at our first match of the new season.”
Darren Fletcher said: “I am delighted to have been named as vice-captain. It’s a very proud moment for me and my family. Wayne and I have always worked well together and we will continue to work closely together in our new roles. I would like to thank the manager for putting his trust in me.”
Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring their second goal during the Pre Season Friendly match between Manchester United and Valencia at Old Trafford on August 12, 2014 in Manchester, England