Erik Ten Hag Explains why Manchester United Opted for Lisandro Martinez
The Dutchman was speaking at a press conference where he was asked about the ability of the South American and why the Red Devils decided to go for him despite his height. According to him, Martinez was brought in to fill a void that United had last season.
We bring him in not to strengthen the squad but the team. I analysed Manchester United last year in the left part of the defence. He [Martinez] is left footed and that is an advantage in possession and defending. And he also brings what I call a South American spirit – aggressiveness, control. He’s a warrior. He’s not the tallest but he is quite good in the air. I feel comfortable with that. Of course, you need the right balance. He has good timing. I think it will fit really good to Manchester United and the way we play.
He also spoke about the current situation concerning Cristiano Ronaldo, according to him, he has not spoken to the Portuguese since he made his intention to leave the club known to the board.