Who is Man Utd's 'Butcher of Amsterdam'?

Who is Man Utd’s ‘Butcher of Amsterdam’?

Lisandro Martinez was Ajax’s Player of the Year last season

Manchester United has agreed to sign Ajax and Argentine defender Lisandro Martinez, nicknamed the “butcher of Amsterdam”. So what can they expect?

The 24-year-old has won two Dutch titles in three years under Erik ten Hag with Ajax, is their current Player of the Year and follows the manager to Old Trafford.

Despite being 5ft 9in tall, he won more aerial duels in the league than Harry Maguire last season and won the ball more times than any United defender.

Want to know more about Martinez? Continue reading.

How good is it?

Pass statistics

Martinez’s stats compare well with those of his new teammates, although that should be nuanced by the fact that he played in the Dutch Eredivisie, the league ranked seventh by UEFA.

He spent last season at centre-back, but his first two campaigns at Ajax, following a move from Argentina in 2019, saw him play both full-back and manager roles. defensive player.

Martinez ranked higher than other United defenders per 90 minutes in the league in assists, forward passes, aerial duels won, interceptions and possession won last season. He also won more tackles and carried out significantly more dribbles than United centre-backs.

Despite being seven inches shorter than Maguire – and having played six fewer league games due to injury – Martinez still managed to win 80 aerial duels compared to Maguire’s 75.

Dutch football expert James Rowe said: “Martinez has made a strong impression in Amsterdam since moving to Ajax from Defensa y Justicia and he started running, being part of the team that beat PSV. 2-0 in the Johan Cruyff Shield 2019.

“What immediately stood out was his composure on the ball, his confidence in the center of defense and his wide passing range.

“Amsterdam really has become a home for Martinez. It’s certainly not easy to switch from South American football to Dutch football and all the cultural differences that come with it on and off the pitch, but Lisandro has it all. taken in his stride. It also resulted in him being capped by his country, making his debut against Venezuela in 2019.

“He leaves Ajax with his head held high, two Eredivisie titles and a Dutch Cup – and the love of Ajax fans.

“An important factor in his move to United will be Ten Hag, who has always shown such confidence in himself. Ten Hag likes his players to find solutions on the pitch at all times in order to have the best chance of winning games, and he is in the process of acquiring a centre-back who will do just that.

“Some may point to his height of 5ft 9in, but he will adapt quickly to the demands of the Premier League and he will relish the challenge. There will also be a huge sense of pride for the youngster from Gualeguay who has come through the youth set up and made his debut at Newell’s Old Boys as he reached the Premier League.

“I’m sure as a defender he will get better and better at club level and at international level.”

Martinez has been involved in four goals (one goal and three assists), as many as any of United’s defenders.

Despite his nickname, he received just six yellow cards in 36 games in all competitions last season, fewer than Luke Shaw (11) and Maguire (nine) and as many as Diogo Dalot. Raphael Varane, on the other hand, was only warned once.

In quotes reported in the Mirrorexternal link This month, Martinez said: “My name is the carnicero – the butcher – of Amsterdam. We Argentinians do everything with passion and when I go out on the pitch I fight for every ball. If I have to step over corpses, I do this.

“I want to win every situation 50-50 because I know I’m fighting for food for every member of my family and for my friends. That’s the feeling I have – and every Argentinian has. C It’s the kind of motivation I can’t explain.”

Defensive stats

Where will he fit in at United?

Martinez becomes one of six senior centre-backs at Old Trafford, along with captain Maguire, Varane, Victor Lindelof and often injured Eric Bailly and Phil Jones, who played in four Premier League games last season.

Martinez’s arrival could see a reshuffling of roles at full-back, including a move for the skipper. Ten Hag prefers a 4-3-3 formation, so there’s probably only room for two centre-backs.

“It’s already becoming clear that actions speak louder than words when it comes to Ten Hag,” BBC Sport’s Simon Stone said.

“He didn’t say too much about Maguire. He confirmed the Englishman would keep the captaincy but he didn’t really explain his reasoning or the qualities he sees in Maguire.

“However, he’s already made a very subtle change that hints at what’s to come.

“For most of his time at Old Trafford, Maguire played on the left of a two-man defence, often with Lindelof on the right.

“Friday Friendly victory against Melbourne Victory they swapped positions. No explanation was given but the reasoning seems pretty clear.

“Lisandro Martinez is a left-sided defender. That’s where he played for Ten Hag at Ajax. The way seems to be clear for him to join the team directly.”

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