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Nemanja Vidic praises Lisandro Martinez for his vital contributions

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Former Manchester United centre-back Nemanja Vidic has been impressed by the “wonderful signing” Lisandro Martinez, who has been a key player under Ten Hag.

Martinez, who had impressed the Dutch coach during Ajax’s march to last season’s Eredivisie title, accompanied Erik ten Hag to Manchester during the summer.

The 25-year-old has evolved into a crucial player for the Dutch boss at a second club after having a difficult adjustment to life in England. With Raphael Varane, the World Cup winner has forged an impressive centre-back partnership, and as a result, club captain Harry Maguire has spent a large portion of the season on the bench.

Along with the former England international Rio Ferdinand, Vidic formed what many have referred to as United’s best-ever centre-back pairing, and the Serbian has commented on the team’s new number six.

As reported by The Mirror, he said:

“Lisandro came just six months ago, so he did really well. He brings energy, he likes to defend. He seems like he’s enjoying playing in England. He was a great signing.”

“Varane is an experienced player, he has a few issues with injuries but definitely I think there’s more to come from them. The more they play together the better the partnership will be.”

“I’m really pleased with how Lisandro did when he joined the club. There were some issues, people were concerned if he could play in England, but as an ex-player and a defender I’m really happy how he’s playing and especially that energy he gives to the team, that aggression and winning mentality.”

United already have a rock-solid player in Raphael Varane, and with the addition of Lisandro Martinez, they have formed a title-winning centre-back pairing.

The Red Devils have missed such a defensive combination since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. Many doubted Martinez’s short stature, with pundits like Jamie Carragher questioning United’s transfer policy.

However, the Argentine star has emerged victorious in every question thrown at him. By winning the World Cup, he has already had a successful season with both club and country. Ten Hag and his players want to add silverware to their trophy cabinet, and the Carabao Cup could be the first one in their sights.

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