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Manchester United fans fume after Lisandro Martinez World Cup decision

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Manchester United fans have been left livid after finding out that Lisandro Martinez has been dropped to the bench for Argentina’s World Cup semi-final with Croatia on Tuesday night. Martinez has quickly become a star at Old Trafford since arriving from Ajax in the summer. Despite a difficult start where his height came into question, the 24-year-old put in a mammoth performance against Liverpool and has not looked back since. His form for the Reds earned him a place in the Argentina squad for the World Cup. However, on several occasions this tournament, he has not featured for the South American side. ALSO READ: Martinez explains World Cup dream ahead of Argentina vs Croatia Lionel Scaloni looked to have changed his mind about Martinez on Friday night as the United man played a mammoth 112 minutes as Argentina were taken the distance by the Dutch in a bad-tempered match. Following the game, several of his international colleagues rushed to Instagram to praise him with Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez branding him an ‘animal’. But, for tonight’s crucial clash with Croatia, Scaloni has decided to drop Martinez to the bench. Argentina have changed their formation for the game in Lusail reverting back to a 4-4-2. Cristian Romero and Nicolas Otamendi have been chosen as the two central defenders with midfielder Leandro Paredes coming into a four-man midfield. Manchester City’s Julian Alvarez will partner Lionel Messi up front as they look to overcome a tough Croatian side. United supporters have taken to Twitter to slam Scaloni’s tactics and have even suggested that they are now routing for Croatia. Here is what some fans had to say. As for Croatia, RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol will partner Dejan Lovren at the back in a 4-3-3. Gvardiol has been linked with a move to United this week as they continue to try and strengthen their defence. READ NEXT: Get all the latest United news here United will have to rely on forgotten partnership post-World Cup Ten Hag names seven players who have impressed him Martinez breaks down in tears as Argentina reach semi-final Vote for United’s Footballer of the Year Story SavedYou can find this story in  My Bookmarks.Or by navigating to the user icon in the top right.

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