An analysis of Man United’s signing Marcos Rojo: Wing back or centre back?

Marcos Rojo seems to be Van Gaal’s most important signing so far. The argentine, being the 3rd player from Sporting CP to transfer to Old Trafford after Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo, will most likely be playing as the most left centre back position in Van Gaal’s 3-5-2 system. A position where the 24-year old also used to play at Sporting Portugal.

As there is hardly any in-depth data available of the Portuguese league and Sporting did not participate in any european competition since Rojo’s arrival we have to do it with an analysis of his World Cup data. He did not play the same position in Brazil as he probably will be under Van Gaal, but the positive thing is that Argentina’s head coach Sabella used him mainly as a left-back, instead of a wing back, so he does have a lot of statistics on which we can analyze his defensive performance.

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Why Messi did deserve the Golden Ball at the 2014 World Cup

For pretty much everyone it was a big surprise to see Lionel Messi waiting to climb the FIFA terrace of the Maracaná in order to receive the prestigious Golden Ball. Although he did not score in any of the matches in the KO stages and he had just lost a final in which he also did not show a stunning performance, the FIFA officials had chosen ‘La Pulga’ as the best player of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

In this blog some often- and some not-so-often seen statistics will be used to see to what extent Lionel maybe was the most valuable player of the tournament or wether the critics that the election of football’s most loved son maybe was a marketing indulged decision!

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