Roy Keane hails Lisandro Martinez's 'character and desire'

‘He’s the kind of person you want to be in the trenches with’: Roy Keane hails Lisandro Martinez’s ‘character and desire’, while Michael Dawson praises his bravery in man of the match display for Man United in 3-0 win at Forest

  • Man United beat Nottingham Forest 3-0 in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg
  • Lisandro Martinez made more tackles and passes than any player on the pitch
  • The 25-year-old has only lost six games since his summer arrival, winning 19 

Pundits piled on the praise for Lisandro Martinez after his Player of the Match performance against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night. 

Martinez was outstanding with his back to goal at The City Ground, and Roy Keane was quick to emphasise how he loves to defend, while Michael Dawson was effusive in his appraisal of the Argentinian’s bravery. 

Manchester United won 3-0 to take a commanding step towards the Carabao Cup final, thanks to a sensational Marcus Rashford opener, before Wout Weghorst opened his account and Bruno Fernandes made it three. 

Lisandro Martinez drew widespread praise from pundits after his display against Nottingham Forest

And Keane – who was infamous for his readiness to make a strong challenge in his playing days – was glowing in his praise of the United defender.

‘He’s got pride in his defending,’ the former Red Devils captain began. ‘You’ve seen his character and his desire. He wants to defend. 

‘He’s the kind of person you want to be in the trenches with. From a defender’s point of view they’ll be delighted with a clean sheet.’

And ex-Tottenham and Forest centre-back Dawson added: ‘There are times when he’s a bit rash and he plays on the edge. He’s brave. You saw that with the goal he scored against Arsenal.

Roy Keane claimed that the Argentinian was a defender ‘you want to be in the trenches with’

He was praised by Michael Dawson for his bravery in scoring against Arsenal in Sunday’s loss

‘You have to be able to play at Manchester United, but your job is to defend. People questioned him, but he’s a brave boy. David de Gea will be delighted to have him in front of him.’

The World Cup winner with Argentina was influential at both ends of the pitch in United’s comfortable victory. 

He finished the game with the most touches (119), passes (103), interceptions (two) and tackles made (five) of any player on the field. 

No player had more passes or touches of the ball than Martinez, who also made the most tackles

The 25-year-old also recorded nine recoveries, three aerial duels won, four clearances and six passes into the final third for his side. 

And as a result of a sensational showing on Tuesday night, Martinez was named the Player of the Match. 

‘I’m really happy with the job from the guys,’ he said to Sky Sports, on receiving the award. ‘We played so good today and we controlled the game. We lost the last game so we had to produce now and as a team we did.

The 25-year-old defender was named Player of the Match as a result of a strong performance

‘We know [Forest] is doing a really good job but we never gave up. Today we won the game and that’s the most important thing.

‘You can see when we do the right things we don’t concede goals. We controlled the game but we still have many things to improve on and we have to keep going.

‘I’m really happy because we showed discipline and I saw [for] the whole game we were pretty focused. We have to play always like this, keep going and keep fighting.

‘We know it’s a good result for us but we have to take it step-by-step.’

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