Lisandro Martinez insists he ‘doesn’t CARE’ about criticism of his height with the 5ft 9ins centre back winning over fans after a difficult start to the season… and the Argentine admits it’s a ‘dream come true’ to represent Manchester United
- Lisandro Martinez has hit back at those who have criticised him for his height
- Some say the Argentine is not tall enough to be a Premier League centre back
- The 5ft 9ins Martinez cost Manchester United £55million from Ajax this summer
- And the 24-year-old admitted it is a dream come true to represent the Red Devils
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Lisandro Martinez has hit back at critics of his height, insisting self-belief and hard work can compensate for his lack of stature.
Manchester United signed the 5ft 9ins centre back for £55million from Ajax this summer, with new manager Erik ten Hag desperate for the Argentine to fix their leaky defence.
And Martinez told TyC Sports he ‘doesn’t care’ about his detractors – before admitting it is a ‘dream come true’ to represent the Red Devils in the Premier League.
Manchester United centre back Lisandro Martinez (right) has hit back at critics of his height
The 24-year-old was widely considered to have been ‘bullied’ by 6ft 2ins Brentford striker Ivan Toney (right) as United were thrashed 4-0 against Brentford in their second league game
He said: ‘I don’t care about criticism. I believe in myself and I trust my abilities.
‘I always worked hard. That’s what will make me have the results I want.
‘To be honest, it was a dream come true to play for a huge club like Manchester United, especially to play in the Premier League, which is one of the best leagues in the world. I am really happy.’
But 5ft 9ins defender Martinez has improved recently and the Red Devils’ form has picked up
He was a £55million arrival from Ajax this summer, following boss Erik ten Hag to Old Trafford
Jamie Carragher is refusing to back down on his belief that Lisandro Martinez is too small
The 24-year-old struggled in his first two appearances in the English top-flight, and was widely considered to have been ‘bullied’ by target men Danny Welbeck (6ft 1in) and Ivan Toney (6ft 2ins) as United lost against Brighton and Brentford respectively.
But the eight-cap international, who played 90 minutes as Lionel Scaloni’s side beat Honduras 3-0 on Saturday, was a dogged and composed playmaking presence at the back as United went on a four-match winning run, starting with Liverpool.
Pundit Jamie Carragher, a former Liverpool centre back, said earlier this month: ‘I wouldn’t want a centre-back who was 5ft 9ins in my team. I would not.’