Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has warned Marcos Rojo he still has room for improvement as a defender even at 25.

The Dutchman was speaking on Tuesday at a pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s Champions League match against CSKA Moscow after he was bombarded with questions by a Russian journalist.

Rojo had played for Spartak Moscow before moving to Sporting Lisbon but the journalist claimed the Argentine wasn’t good enough at the time but Van Gaal, who defended the 2014 World Cup finalist, described him as a fast and physically strong defender at the Arena Kimkhi.

Rojo joined Spartak in December 2010 but only made 19 first-team appearances before completing a transfer to Sporting in July 2012.

“I didn’t know that he played for Spartak Moscow, but I have seen him in the World Cup in Brazil when he played for Argentina,” Van Gaal explained.

“He did it very well and he also played for Sporting Lisbon. There I analysed him. What I like is that he is physically a very strong guy, he has a good header of the ball and his pass is very fast.

“That is what we always need, we need a high speed in our positional game. When he improves and he can reach a very high level because he is not fully developed yet. I think there is great potential in him to become a very good player for Manchester United.”

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