Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has been praised by Louis van Gaal after Sunday’s derby draw with Manchester City.
The goalless Premier League clash at Old Trafford disappointed as a spectacle in terms of attacking flair, but there were plenty of decent performances on show.
Most of those came from the defensive-minded players, and Rojo was very much among them, doing a fine job at left-back of keeping the likes of City forward Kevin De Bruyne at bay.
It had looked as if Rojo might leave United over the summer, with Van Gaal reportedly angry at the Argentina international that passport issues had prevented him from joining up with the club’s pre-season tour. The manager also recently claimed Rojo had failed to tell him about a hamstring injury he suffered.
But regarding what was only Rojo’s third league appearance of the campaign on Sunday, Van Gaal told MUTV: “Rojo played a very good match, not only against De Bruyne but also against (City substitute) Jesus Navas.
“He had very good passes and very good crosses so I am very satisfied with him.
“It is only his third game this season; he has hardly played for 90 minutes. I am very happy that at last he has the condition to play a full match.”