Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has explained why he believes Lisandro Martinez is a ‘fantastic’ player ahead of the Omonia clash in the Europa League.
Martinez moved to Man United over the summer from Ajax and has quickly become a regular starter under his former boss Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.
Before his debut against Brighton & Hove Albion, several fans and pundits ruled out his chances of succeeding due to his height.
However, the Argentine has gone on to prove them wrong as he has started in all of Manchester United’s Premier League matches so far.
His top performances against the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton have led many fans to tout him as one of the best centre-backs in the country.
Victor Lindelof has joined a long list of people who believe the former Ajax defender is comfortable on the ball, stating that the 24-year-old is ‘very comfortable’ with the ball.
Lindelof has paired alongside him in two occasions because the likes of Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane were out injured.
Both defenders were decent at the back as Manchester United got wins at Omonia and Everton in the Europa League and Premier League respectively.
Speaking about his experience playing alongside Martinez, the Sweden international said: “It’s been good, He’s [Lisandro Martinez] a fantastic player, he’s very good with the ball. I’ve played two games with him now and we did a good game [Everton].”
Lindelof doesn’t think Lisandro Martínez being left-footed would affect his playing style.
“I wouldn’t say it changes the way I approach it,” Lindelof added. I’m just trying to play my game and the way I can help the team, it doesn’t matter whether the partner is left-footed or right-footed, it doesn’t change how I play my game.”
The Sweden national team captain is open to learning more from Erik ten Hag and claims the Dutchman playing style suits him.
“The way the boss wants to play football suits me,” Lindelof continued. “Hopefully I can improve a lot under him. It’s always important to want to learn more, improve and I’m going to take everything in.”
Raphael Varane trained separately on Wednesday despite coming off the bench against Everton last weekend in the Premier League.
Erik ten Hag may decide against rushing the World Cup back into the firing line, knowing that Manchester United‘s next game is three days away against Newcastle United, hence Martinez and Lindelof could start again against Omonia.