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Man Utd defender Lisandro Martinez claims he wants to ‘kill’ on the pitch

Man Utd defender Lisandro Martinez claims he wants to ‘kill’ on the pitch

Lisandro Martinez, the Manchester United defender, has expressed his desire to be aggressive on the field but is also cautious not to get suspended every game.

Despite facing criticism initially due to his height, the 25-year-old centre-back has become an important player for the team since his arrival at Old Trafford last summer.

Martinez was signed by Erik ten Hag from Ajax and has formed a strong partnership with Raphael Varane in the centre of United’s defence.

He also played a key role in Argentina’s victory at the World Cup in Qatar and has made 34 appearances for the Red Devils this season.

Martinez is now focused on helping United win their first trophy since 2017 as they prepare to face Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.

Prior to the match, Martinez spoke about his approach to playing and his eagerness to confront his opponents with maximum intensity.

“I can’t do it, otherwise I will be suspended every game!” Martinez said. “You have to be clever. It’s hard, really hard.

“Sometimes I want to kill, but you have to control as well. I think it’s our culture from Argentina.

“We’re always like this, we’re passionate. Football, for us, is everything, so that’s why we always give everything.

“As a kid, I remember when I was really young, four or five, I started to fight and I cried when I lost, so it’s something we have in the blood, in the heart, it’s our culture.”

Quizzed about some of the criticism he faced earlier this season, he added: “I can’t control that, you know, it’s just an opinion.

“I understand when people say that – they show me who they are. It’s not my problem.

“In the beginning, in Argentina, it was the same. In football, it’s not normal to play as a centre-back with my height. It’s not easy as well, you know.

“I try to do my best, but you have to work very hard. You have to be very clever on the pitch, you have to be sharp in every situation, because if you’re smart you can win the duels.”

Man Utd defender Lisandro Martinez claims he wants to ‘kill’ on the pitch

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