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Lisandro Martinez put in another superb performance for Man Utd (Image: Getty)

Lisandro Martinez was substituted as a precaution in the closing stages of Manchester United’s win over Arsenal on Sunday.

After a difficult start to his Red Devils career, the Ajax summer signing has quickly established himself as a cult hero and has poked fun at concerns about his lack of height.

Martinez put on a dominant display at the heart of United’s defense against the Gunners, who were themselves keen on signing the Ajax defender during the transfer window.

However, the 24-year-old was sent off with 10 minutes to go and replaced by club captain Harry Maguire, with United looking to maintain their 3-1 lead.

Corresponding TyC SportsMartinez suffered from a minor hijacker injury but is likely to feature in United’s next Premier League game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

Such has been his improvement in recent weeks that former United midfielder Paul Scholes already thinks Martinez is indispensable.

Arsenal dominated long stretches of Sunday’s riveting game but Martinez played a key role in limiting Mikel Arteta’s side to a handful of clear chances.

Lisandro Martinez is quickly becoming a cult figure at Old Trafford

Lisandro Martinez is fast becoming a cult figure at Old Trafford (Image: Getty)

The Arsenal manager felt his side deserved to emerge from Old Trafford with at least a point, but Scholes insisted Arsenal’s dominance of the ball was a meaningless statistic.

He said: “I’m going back into ownership where Mikel Arteta says he’s in control of the game with his interview there. It does not matter.

“There are so many teams in these big games where in big games they often come away from Old Trafford and wonder how we didn’t win, we played great.

“A lot at United it’s about determination, you know the talent is there, but it’s about going towards people, stopping people, going towards people who are solid at the back.

“Now having this solid back four helps them. Martinez coming out of this could be a concern going forward.

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