Updated: Saturday, 26th May 2018 @ 7:36am

Manchester United defender Rojo relishing challenge in the 'biggest league in the world'

Manchester United defender Rojo relishing challenge in the 'biggest league in the world'

| By Ben Southworth

Manchester United’s versatile Argentine defender Marcos Rojo is relishing the challenge of playing in the ‘world’s best league’.

Rojo signed for United from Sporting Lisbon for £16million in the summer but had to wait for his United debut after encountering difficulties obtaining a work visa.

But his arrival in the first team has coincided with their recent improvement in form, the side having won three of his four games so far.

The 24-year-old seems perfectly suited to the Premier League and he has admitted he is enjoying fulfilling a long term ambition.

"It's the biggest league in the Europe and probably the world," the defender told MUTV.

"I've always loved watching Premier League football and wanted to play here.

"The football is very direct, quick and physical, which makes it attractive for the fans. I really like playing here – I’m relishing the challenge."

Rojo was part of the Argentina team that knocked Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands out of the World Cup as they progressed to meet Germany in the final.

However the Reds' number five, who has arrived during a period of transition at Old Trafford, is convinced that manager Van Gaal will bring the best out of the side.

"He’s brilliant," the Argentine added. "He’s always giving me advice, telling me how to improve my game, my movement.

"He’s a great manager who always wants to win and that’s the message he gets across to us. He wants the best and that’s what he demands from his team."

United currently sit fourth in the Premier League despite a defensive crisis that has seen Rojo play alongside a hatful of defenders in his early appearances for the club.

And the former Spartak Moscow player has been impressed by United’s youngsters and is solely focused on enjoying his time on the pitch.

"I'm happy playing alongside all the different guys because I'm very comfortable with all of them,” said Rojo.

"It's never good to have too many injuries, but this is a big club and there is a lot of depth and quality in the squad.

“I've played with Paddy McNair and he is a player with a big future. Tyler Blackett has impressed too. But I just love being on the pitch and I really don’t mind who I play with."

The Argentine, who is currently away on international duty, may have yet another defensive partner upon his return after youngster Paddy McNair was ruled out for a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury.

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