Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has been instructed that he has discovered a brand new model of Nemanja Vidic in Lisandro Martinez. The Argentinian centre-back has been criticised for his pre-season antics and hard tackles on the likes of Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka, although they’ve been acquired properly by the Crimson Devils fanbase.
Martinez clashed with each Bellingham and Saka and it resulted in vitriol on-line, whereas the brand new Real Madrid man squared as much as the 25-year-old in what he later described as a “little tiff”. Sometimes, pleasant matches are performed with a decrease depth however Martinez didn’t appear to be on the identical wavelength as the remainder of the gamers on the pitch.
Arsenal faced similar accusations themselves from Barcelona boss Xavi, however Martinez was singled out for his behaviour throughout United’s preparation for the brand new Premier League season. Not everybody was outraged, nonetheless, as former United striker Dwight Yorke insisted that his actions are nothing new – Vidic was additionally responsible of treating pre-season in the identical trend.
“Lisandro Martinez is the kind of participant that performs in the way in which he trains,” Yorke instructed OLBG. “The sort out on Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham reveals he all the time performs at a really excessive depth, it would not matter if it is a Premier League recreation, pre-season or coaching, he’d put in the identical problem anyplace.
“Nemanja Vidic was that sort of participant too, he performed as he educated. For these sorts of gamers, there isn’t any ‘half-day’, it is all the time full on. Martinez needs to be aggressive too due to his measurement. As nice as a footballer and the way good within the air he’s, the massive strikers shall be fancying their possibilities in opposition to him.
“If I am a centre-forward and I am taking a look at a centre-back partnership of Tony Adams and Martinez, I would fancy Martinez. That is simply the character of soccer, so Martinez must preserve that aggression constant in opposition to attackers due to his peak.”
Martinez stunned many in his debut season, having been mocked for his peak earlier than showcasing why Ten Hag needed to carry him to the membership from Ajax. He shaped a powerful partnership with Raphael Varane earlier than struggling a damaged metatarsal in February that dominated him out for the rest of the season.
Now with Andre Onana behind them as an alternative of David De Gea, Ten Hag will hope for additional enchancment on the defensive facet regardless of holding extra clear sheets than any crew within the league final season.
There have been tentative hyperlinks with defenders Benjamin Pavard and Axel Disasi as United proceed to take a look at methods to assist Martinez and co on the again, however they are going to be happy to have a brand new warrior paying homage to Vidic on the coronary heart of the Crimson Devils’ defence.