Paul Scholes believes Lisandro Martinez has already become an indispensable part of Erik ten Hag’s revamped Manchester United squad.
The Red Devils moved within three points of the top of the Premier League after beating Arsenal 3-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday.
United were second best for long periods of riveting competition but, after soaking up a lengthy period of pressure in the second half, secured all three points by scoring twice on Marcus Rashford’s counter-attack.
Central to keeping the Gunners at bay was Martinez, Ajax’s summer signing, who quickly allayed concerns about his lack of height.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was particularly vocal about the Argentina international would struggle to adapt to English football, but Martinez gave his critics even more food for thought on Sunday.
Alongside Raphael Varane, Martinez produced another safe performance before being substituted off with ten minutes remaining.
His replacement, club captain Harry Maguire, was booked almost immediately for a clumsy foul on Gabriel Jesus and Scholes believes it would be “concerning” if Martinez were absent for any length of time.
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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