Manchester United have confirmed the long-awaited signing of Lisandro Martinez from Ajax for £46million.
The extremely rated Argentine performed underneath Erik ten Hag for 3 seasons on the Eredivisie membership and far has already been manufactured from his skill on the ball, tactical consciousness, aggression, and management abilities.
However it’s nonetheless not clear the place precisely the versatile 24-year-old will play for United, as whereas a pure centre-back, he can also be able to filling in as a defensive midfielder or left-back.
And the way will his arrival impact these already at Outdated Trafford in addition to fellow new signings Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia?
Metro Sport takes a have a look at 3 ways Ten Hag might line Manchester United up for the 2022/23 season with Lisandro Martinez:
The left-sided centre-back
Martinez’s most pure place, it’s anticipated that he will slot straight into United’s again 4, with Ten Hag deploying a 4-2-3-1 formation in three of the Pink Devils’ 4 pre-season friendlies up to now.
His defensive companion shall be one in all Harry Maguire or Raphael Varane, with the previous the extra doubtless given his function as captain, whereas Luke Shaw and Diogo Dalot have emerged because the first-choice full-backs.
Past that, Ten Hag’s United line-up seems to be set to be kind of what was seen final season when everybody was match, though it ought to be stated that hardly ever occurred.
There are two huge query marks in regard to personnel, within the type of Frenkie de Jong and Cristiano Ronaldo, with the previous wished at United however unwilling to affix and the latter at United however wanting to depart.
For now, we’ll take the view that De Jong is unavailable, and Ronaldo is, however that might all change come the opening sport of the season in opposition to Brighton.
The defensive midfielder
Snug in possession and with passing out from the again, Martinez has typically been deployed because the No.6 in a midfield when a bit extra defensive grit is required.
With the De Jong switch stalling, Martinez might function on this place extra continuously, which in flip might enable for a extra inventive midfielder like Eriksen or Donny van de Beek to come back into the group forward of Fred or Scott McTominay.
Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho have excelled in pre-season, as has Antony Martial who might properly take pleasure in a resurgence as United’s various striker choice to Ronaldo.
The left-side of a again three
Just like Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, Ten Hag’s Ajax typically morphed from its 4-2-3-1 formation to 1 resembling a 3-3-4, with the full-backs pushing excessive to affix the assault, whereas one midfielder drops deep to bolster the defence.
However with Chelsea and Tottenham presently using 3-4-Three formations, Ten Hag might wish to begin these video games with a again three, the place he can match them man for man and deploy all three of his star centre-backs.
This might enable the full-backs extra freedom to create possibilities, one thing they’ve completed continuously within the latest friendlies, and would put much less stress on the defensive output of Fred who has struggled in that division since his transfer to Outdated Trafford in 2018.
As talked about, Martinez can play at left-back however it’s a very uncommon prevalence and can solely doubtless occur at United ought to Shaw, Malacia and, offering he is just not bought, Alex Telles grow to be unavailable.
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