Erik Ten Hag Reveals What Lisandro Martinez Brought To Man United Dressing Room
Man United supporters have taken to Lisandro Martinez, and the Argentine is becoming a popular figure in the dressing room.
Lisandro Martinez celebrates with David de Gea following Manchester United’s victory over Everton.
Only three months after joining Manchester United, Victor Lindelof has described Lisandro Martinez as a “warrior” and an important member of the squad.
After a shaky start to his Old Trafford career, the £56 million summer signing from Ajax has been excellent recently, with his aggression and intensity making him a fans’ favorite.
Erik ten Hag was desperate to be reunited with Martinez at United and it’s becoming clear why he saw the left-footed center-back as a key signing, on and off the pitch.
Martinez celebrated Sunday night’s hard-fought 2-1 win at Everton enthusiastically, hugging teammates when the final whistle went after a dogged defensive effort late on.
For the second game in a row he started alongside Lindelof, who was making his 200th United appearance, and the Swede hailed the impact that Martinez has made in his short United career.
“He’s a character and a warrior out there on the pitch. He’s been performing great and it’s very important to have players like that in the squad. He’s been performing great and he did another great game today,” Lindelof said.
“It’s very important to have those players who are always there, who are ready to go into battle with anyone.”
“We have a strong squad, we have a lot of games so it’s very important for everyone to stay ready. For me, I had a tough start to the season, I was injured, so to come back and play today was good. I was very happy.
“We had a tough away game, the games are coming thick and fast. We didn’t get a great start but we showed great character coming back, in the first half especially we played some really nice football. Second half we could have played a little bit better with the ball, but we showed great character, we fought, we stayed together as a team and we got the three points.
“The guys who came on today were very important for us, they won a lot of duels out there. We always stay together and everyone was very happy when the final whistle blew.
“I think it’s important to show that, to stay together and celebrate together.”
United went behind after five minutes to Alex Iwobi’s strike, but equalised within 10 minutes through Antony and were ahead at the break after Cristiano Ronaldo’s 700th club goal.
Lindelof believes it was their best response to going behind all season.
“I think so, I think straight away after their goal we took the ball and we wanted to play, we wanted to control the game. We scored two goals, we came back well in the game and I’m very pleased with the performance of the lads,” he said