Marcos Rojo has revealed it has always been a dream of his to sign for Manchester United, a team that, he says, have always been his club.
Rojo, 24, completed his protracted move to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday for a fee of €20m after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical to become United's third signing of the Louis van Gaal reign.
After hearing of interest from the Premier League club, the defender was eager to become the latest Argentine to join the club after being inspired by Juan Sebastian Veron during his spell in Manchester.
"It's taken a while for everything to get sorted out because these transfers can be very difficult but I'm so happy to be here at Manchester United," Rojo told United's official website in an exclusive website.
"I know a lot about the club because I always follow the Premier League and Manchester United were always my team because they were the biggest and the best. Juan Sebastian Veron played for United and was a great player and I always watched his progress. United were always my club."
Van Gaal has been under pressure to strengthen his defensive options following the departures of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra this summer. The Dutchman was unsuccessful in his efforts to bring Thomas Vermaelen to the club but is delighted to have secured the services of Rojo.
"Marcos is a very gifted defender," van Gaal said. "He has played at the highest level in world football and can play either as a central defender or left back.
"He has ability, physical strength and a willingness to earn that means he has a very bright future ahead of him. He had a very strong World Cup and has been playing in Europe for a couple of years now. He is a very good addition to the team."