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Lisandro Martinez: Who is Manchester United's new 'Amsterdam butcher'?

Lisandro Martinez was Ajax’s Player of the Year last season

manchester united is Ajax have agreed a deal with Argentinean defender Lisandro Martinez. Known as the “Amsterdam Butcher”. So what can they expect?

The 24-year-old, who won two Dutch titles in three years under Erik ten Hag at Ajax and is the current Player of the Year, will follow his manager to Old Trafford.

Despite his height of 5ft 9in, he won more aerial duels than Harry Maguire in the league last season and stole more balls than any United defender.

Want to know more about Martinez? read.

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Martinez’s stats are often compared to his new teammate, but should be qualified by the fact that he played in the Dutch Eredivisie, a league ranked seventh by UEFA.

He spent all of last season at centre-back, but in his first two seasons at Ajax after moving from Argentina in 2019, he played both the role of full-back and defensive midfielder.

Martinez ranked above other United defenders in passes, forward passes, aerial duel wins, interceptions and possessions per 90 minutes in the league last season. He also scored more tackles and completed more dribbles than United’s centre-back.

Despite being seven inches shorter than Maguire and six games fewer in the league due to injury, Martinez managed to win 80 aerial fights to Maguire’s 75.

Dutch football expert James Lowe said: “Martinez has made a big impression in Amsterdam since joining Ajax from Defensai i Justicia, helping PSV 2-2 in the 2019 Johan Cruyff Shield. He started running as a member of the team that defeated him with 0.

“What immediately stood out was his coolness on the ball, his confidence in the center of defense and his wide passing.

“Amsterdam has truly become Martinez’s second home. The transition from South America to Dutch football is certainly not easy and there are cultural differences on and off the pitch, but Lisandro has taken it all step by step. He made his debut against Venezuela in 2019 and also reached the top by winning the cap of the national team.

“He leaves Ajax with his head held high, two Eredivisie titles, one Dutch Cup and the love of the Ajax fans.

“A big factor in his move to United is Ten Hag, who has always shown confidence in him. We want to find a centre-back who can do just that.

“Some may point to his size at 5ft 9in, but he will adapt quickly to the demands of the Premier League and enjoy a challenge. With great pride, he made his debut for Newell’s Old Boys and made it to the Premier League.

“As a defender, I am sure he will continue to improve at club and international level.”

Martinez has been involved in four goals (one goal and three assists), more than any United defender.

Despite his nickname, he only showed six yellow cards in 36 games in all competitions last season, fewer than Luke Shaw (11) and Maguire (9) and the same as Diogo Dalot. . Rafael Varane, by contrast, was only booked once.

of quotes reported in the mirrorExternal link Earlier this month, Martinez said: that.

“I want to win in a 50-50 situation because I know I am fighting for food for my whole family and my friends. It’s something that every person has. It’s a motivation that I can’t explain.”

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Where will he fit in at United?

Martinez will be one of Old Trafford’s six senior centre-backs, alongside captains Maguire, Varane and Victor Lindelof, as well as frequently injured Eric Bailly and Phil Jones.

The arrival of Martinez could see a rearrangement of roles, including a move to captain. Ten Hag may only have two center defenders in him as he prefers a 4-3-3 formation.

BBC Sport’s Simon Stone said: “It has already become clear that actions speak louder than words when it comes to ten hags.

“He doesn’t say much about Maguire. He confirmed that the Englishman would retain the captaincy, but didn’t explain much about his reasons or the qualities we see in Maguire.

“But he’s already made some very subtle changes that suggest what’s to come.

“Most of my time at Old Trafford, Maguire played on the left side of the two-man defense, but Lindelof was often on the right side.

“On Friday Friendly match win over Melbourne Victory they exchanged positions. There was no explanation, but it’s pretty clear why.

“Lisandro Martínez is a left-sided defender. That’s where he played for Ajax at Ten Hug. It looks like he’s got a direct way into the team.”

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