By Anton Stanley
Manchester United star Lisandro Martinez might have had his doubters but barely any are left after another colossal performance against Tottenham.
The Argentine’s stature was queried prior to his arrival in the Premier League but it’s not proving to be an issue as he helped blunt one of of the division’s best attacks.
Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son have 12 Premier League goals between them this season but couldn’t ‘rescue’ Antonio Conte’s side against the Red Devils.
Erik ten Hag’s Man United side beat Spurs 2-0 with a superb showing full of guts and guile.
And at the heart of it all was the diminuitive Martinez who went toe-to-toe with Kane and came out of it the clear winner.
The England captain was reduced to one clear-cut chance and often found himself outfought by his marker.
And Gabriel Agbonlahor, while revealing Tottenham’s main issues on the night, took time out to acknowledge the Argentine stopper.
He told the Sports Breakfast: “The formation, it restricts them so much. It’s negative for me and it’s okay if you’re playing the weaker teams and [Heung-Min] Son and [Harry] Kane can bail Conte out.
“Last night, for starts, [Lisandro] Martinez had Kane in his pocket. Everytime Kane came to receive the ball, Martinez was on him like a rash. He had Kane in his pocket.
“Son was poor, but they had no support. [Rodrigo] Bentancur tried to get forward a little bit but their tactics were so negative I felt sorry for Son and Kane. They need to rescue a goal for Conte and save Spurs.”
Martinez has fast become a fan favourite and was left emotional by the chants of ‘Argentina, Argentina’ from United fans at the full-time whistle as they showed their appreciation for the South American star.
“To be honest, it’s very emotional for me [hearing the fans sing for him],” he said in a post-match interview.
“I’m at one of the best clubs in the world.
“This stadium, the atmosphere is amazing. When I heard the fans singing, I wanted to cry.”
He added: “This result is for my grandmother and my grandfather, who are not with me now, but I always feel that love with me.”
Lisandro Martínez keeps the Manchester United fans delighted with his performances. The Argentine was a starter in the team that defeated Tottenham 2-0 at home in the Premier League and once again won an ovation from thousands of Britons singing “Argentina, Argentina”. ❤️🥳⚔️🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/0W9CxyRXnz
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