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Rio’s thoughts on Martinez

Man Utd legend Rio Ferdinand is excited about the prospect of Lisandro Martinez joining from AjaX.

The Argie defender has agreed a deal to join Erik ten Haag at Old Trafford.

And Ferdinand has revealed he sees Martinez as a leader – and believes his versatility will be key for the Dutch tactician.

Ferdinand said: “I think he’s a good signing. The more I have looked into him, the better. I listened to [Jurrien] Timber and he said that ‘I wasn’t at my game at a certain point and Martinez always shouts at me’ – so he’s got that element of being a leader.

“United have needed that for a long time, he will demand of others. He is very aggressive, physical and can play. His question marks are his height and his pace – they are the only two.”

When quizzed about where he would play, Rio revealed: “I think it’ll be a mix (of centre-back and defensive midfield). I saw a quote from Ten Hag’s assistant and how they were surprised of how well he played in there. I think they can mix it up with him – he can bring protection to the defence.

“But if we’re against a lesser team where we will see more of the ball and dominate possession then he may slot back into the centre-back position – he gives us that option in which we’re lacking in that area.”


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