Lisandro Martinez was finally unveiled as a Manchester United player today having made the decision to follow Erik ten Hag to Old Trafford.
The Argentine defender has reflected on the impact our manager had during his years at Ajax with the club’s official website.
I was with him three years at Ajax and I know his style of playing. With him, I improved a lot, to be honest. He’s here in Manchester now, so again the opportunity was there and for sure he’s very important in my [career].[He’s] very intense, for sure. Good football. Winning mentality, you know? That’s the most important [thing]. Every player needs to have things clear. I think he’s very clear also. So I think, with him, every day you can learn and then, in the game, you can understand also fully – tactics and everything. How did he help me to improve? In how we can understand fully the situations, the decisions inside the pitch. He’s there in every detail.
I did 120 games in Ajax and I learn a lot, for sure. When I was in Ajax, my first year was when I was 21 years old, and now I’m 24. So yeah, I learned a lot. Now I feel [I play] with more experience, you know?
United fans have seen other Argentinean players wear our shirt before, whether it was Gabriel Heinze, Marcos Rojo or Carlos Tevez, and all won us over (for a time at least) because of their fighting spirit. Martinez has reflected on what sort of player he is.
I really like to help my team-mates, but every player – I want the best for everybody. If everybody is fit and everybody is good, then we can win, you know? Because we can win with 11 players if everyone is good, it will help with each other. This is one of my first points. Then, I’m really aggressive, I love to win, you know? It’s all about winning. I’m a good friend, also!
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