#sports activities CHRIS WHEELER: How Martinez went from ‘Evra second’ at Brentford to the makings of a Man United hero
CHRIS WHEELER: How Lisandro Martinez went from ‘Patrice Evra second’ at Brentford to the makings of a Man United cult hero… Now 5ft 9in, £55.3m centre again seems to be the ‘warrior’ Erik Ten Hag wished
- Lisandro Martinez was instrumental once more as Manchester United beat Sheriff 2-0
- Fans chanted ‘Argentina, Argentina’ in assist of the centre-back on Thursday
- The Argentine has recovered from his horror debut in opposition to Brentford final month
- He was hooked at half-time as Manchester United fell 4-0 behind at the break
- But the £55.3m arrival has since emerged a warrior for Erik ten Hag in defence
- Patrice Evra was additionally substituted off on his debut in the 2006 Manchester derby
Manchester United’s victory in Moldova was all wrapped up when Erik ten Hag determined to give Lisandro Martinez a relaxation and ship on Harry Maguire for the remaining seconds of the Europa League tie in opposition to FC Sheriff.
Martinez left the pitch the place the 600 travelling United followers had been crammed into an higher tier of the Zimbru Stadium in Chisinau, and chants of ‘Argentina, Argentina’ rang out for his or her new hero.
It has been fairly the turnaround for United’s new £55.3million signing from Ten Hag’s previous membership Ajax since what Gary Neville described as his ‘Patrice Evra moment’ solely final month.
Man United followers chanted ‘Argentina, Argentina’ in assist of Lisandro Martinez on Thursday
Erik ten Hag’s aspect beat Sheriff 2-0 thanks to targets from Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo
Evra suffered the embarrassment of being substituted at half-time of his debut in the Manchester derby in January 2006. He later revealed that his agent apologised for making ‘the biggest mistake’ in taking him to Old Trafford.
For Martinez, that second got here at half-time of United’s horrific 4-0 defeat at Brentford in his second sport.
As if dropping at dwelling to Brighton on the opening day at Old Trafford a week earlier wasn’t dangerous sufficient, the 24-year-old and his United teammate Fred had been singled out for the Brentford debacle and compelled to watch the second half from the sidelines.
Questions had already been requested about the knowledge of bringing a 5ft 9in centre-back to the Premier League from Holland. Ten Hag dismissed these doubts by calling Martinez ‘a warrior’, however that appeared to depend for little as United had been monstered at Brentford and Martinez couldn’t cease Ben Mee bundling in the third objective.
‘A bit hard,’ is how Martinez describes his Premier League initiation, and that’s placing it calmly.
Martinez was hooked off at half-time on his debut as Manchester United misplaced 4-0 to Brentford
Former Red Devils captain Patrice Evra was equally substituted at half-time on his debut in opposition to Manchester City in January 2006
Ten Hag resisted the temptation to take the tenacious Argentine out of the firing line, as a substitute dropping Maguire and bringing in Raphael Varane to play alongside Martinez in central defence.
Like Evra, Martinez’s subsequent sport introduced redemption with victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford after which three extra in opposition to Southampton, Leicester and Arsenal as his partnership with Varane helped United reduce the targets conceded down to two in 4 video games.
Rested for the Europa League opener in opposition to Real Sociedad, Martinez got here on at half-time and was very unlucky to concede the decisive penalty when the ball deflected off his thigh and onto his hand as he made a sometimes full-blooded try to block a shot from David Silva.
He was straight again into the staff in Moldova, although, and the United followers made it fairly clear how they really feel about him.
Evra by no means appeared again after making a false begin to his eight-and-a-half-year profession at Old Trafford, and Martinez additionally has the makings of a United cult hero.
But the ex-Ajax centre-half has since emerged a warrior for Ten Hag following his £55.3m transfer
‘It’s superb each sport they sing “Argentina, Argentina” as a result of I like my nation and it makes me really feel very emotional,’ he stated after United’s 2-0 win in Chisinau.
‘It makes me feel very proud, I’m actually completely happy to really feel this love from the followers.
‘I was surprised, to be honest, because I had never been to England before and I really love the passion of the people.
‘It’s not simply Manchester United, it’s each stadium. It is superb to play like that. Every stadium you may really feel the environment and that’s nice for me as a result of I would like to play each sport at 100 per cent.’
His resurgence has since compelled England worldwide Harry Maguire onto Man United’s bench
There is extra to Martinez’s sport than sheer tenacity. He brings the ball out from the again and reads the sport effectively, which additionally helps to compensate for his smaller physique.
Mention of Martinez’s lack of top is a supply of gentle irritation for a participant who’s satisfied he can deal with the calls for of English soccer.
‘The Premier League is the best league in the world because it is very physical and you are playing against the best players in the world every game,’ he added.
‘You have to prepare, you have to be ready for that. At the beginning, I think it was a bit hard but like every step I’ve had to soak up my profession, you’ve gotten to work onerous, you’ve gotten to hold going. Now we’re doing effectively.’