After a poor showing in the English Premier League opener to Swansea City, Louis van Gaal and front office executives are now in need of bringing in players who will immediately impact the club and perfectly compliment the 3-5-2 wing-back formation that van Gaal has installed. The latest rumor and news has centered around the signing of Argentinean defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon.
United are looking for another wing-back defender after using Jesse Lingard opposite of Ashley Young while Luke Shaw gets healthy. The move seems pretty complex after looking into the details. It would require a loan move of Nani to Sporting Lisbon, who would also receive the £16 million fee for Rojo.
Is signing Rojo a waste of money? I believe so. After being selected to the Argentinean National Team this summer and playing pretty well during the 2014 World Cup, I am still not convinced that Rojo will be the guy that will fix the wing-back situation at Old Trafford.
The money should be pushed elsewhere, in particular Arturo Vidal and Angel Di Maria. United have been lining up a £100 million for Di Maria and could bring in the fellow Argentine to play at Old Trafford. But with Rojo, a player who recently started to become relevant, does not have the same “it-factor” that Vidal or Di Maria has, and the decision to bring him in will be a mistake.
Di Maria would be a better signing and a better fit for the 3-5-2 system simply because of his ability to play both sides of the ball. He would also give Manchester United another top-level player that has some “it appeal” to him, and would propel the Red Devils to the top.