Lisandro Martinez sends message to Erik ten Hag
Lisandro Martinez sends message: Defender Lisandro Martinez of Man United has previously suited up as a midfielder.
In light of Casemiro’s impending ban, Manchester United centre back Lisandro Martinez has not ruled out the possibility of moving into midfield.
The latter was dismissed during the first half of Sunday’s goalless draw with Southampton at Old Trafford, but manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed that he will play in Thursday night’s Europa League last-16 second-leg match against Real Betis despite facing the possibility of receiving yet another suspension. He received his second caution of the year as a result, and he will now serve a four-game domestic suspension, beginning on Sunday against Fulham in the FA Cup.
Because Donny van de Beek and Christian Eriksen’s long-term injuries have left United with a depleted midfield, there has been speculation that Ten Hag would be able to turn Martinez into an impromptu defensive midfielder and replace Casemiro. During their time together at Ajax, the Argentine played at the position before under Ten Hag.
Lisandro Martinez sends message:
Martinez has refused to rule out ever playing as a midfielder for the Reds, despite the United manager being unlikely to sabotage his team’s burgeoning center-back relationship with Raphael Varane.
We have a lot of talented midfielders, and I will play wherever the coach wants to use me, Martinez said during the pre-game press conference in Spain on Wednesday night. I’m available at all times.
United is the heavy favourite to advance to the quarterfinals of the competition and keep their ambitions of winning three cup competitions this season alive after taking a 4-1 advantage into Thursday night’s second leg. They already won the Carabao Cup, and they are still competing in the FA Cup, of course.
Martinez thinks the team is up for the challenge of fighting for the Premier League championship next season, regardless of what happens in the Europa League and FA Cup between now and the end of the current campaign.
“We have incredibly good players, for sure,” the Argentine concluded. We have to put in a lot of effort because we are Manchester United, and Manchester United demands to win every prize.
We must win every game, battle for every title, and go game by game, without a doubt.