Standing at just 5ft 9in, Lisandro Martinez does not have the traditional physical stature of a Premier League center back. But what the Argentine lacks in height, he makes up for in intensity, aggression, and technical ability.
Nicknamed “The Butcher” for his tough and committed defending, Martinez joined Manchester United in a £55 million deal from Ajax this summer. He has immediately established himself as a key part of new manager Erik ten Hag’s plans, slotting straight into the heart of United’s defense.
Despite concerns over his small frame, Martinez has adapted quickly to the physicality of English football. He loves going into crunching tackles and aerial duels, never shying away from confrontation. His pace helps him recover when beaten, while he is comfortable playing out from the back.
Martinez is a fiercely competitive, rugged defender. But he has also shown his technical qualities, pinging cross-field passes and stepping up into midfield with the ball. His warrior-like mentality and aggressiveness makes him a fans’ favorite at Old Trafford.
Still only 24, Martinez has quickly become a leader in United’s backline. His non-stop intensity sets the tone for the team’s defending. If he can maintain his impressive early form, Martinez could prove to be an inspired signing and a bedrock of the United defense for years to come.