Rio Ferdinand has identified two potential issues with Lisandro Martinez.
Rio Ferdinand, whose pairing with Nemanja Vidic was rated the best in the Premier League, knows what it takes to be a central defender at United.
The former England captain was also awarded the club’s 11th best player in its history, so he is well-versed with Old Trafford.
That makes him the ideal person to examine Ajax defender Martinez, who is about to reunite with Erik ten Hag, just months after the Dutchman departed Ajax.
The Argentina defender, who can also play left-back and defensive midfield, was also targeted by Arsenal, and Ferdinand thinks he’s a fantastic purchase, but he also pointed out two flaws in his game.
Martinez is shorter than most center-backs, standing at just 5″9, which is shorter than Ajax teammate Daley Blind who was often considered short when he was at United. However, he has previously shown that it won’t hold him back and fans were impressed with a video of him marking Manchester City’s new man Erling Haaland recently.
He’s also shown some silky smooth skills with the ball at his feet and Ferdinand also believes that ability will help United against lesser opposition, possibly even in midfield.
United’s problems at centre back continue to be highlighted with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof blamed once again for messing up against Melbourne Victory.
The Australian side took a lead thanks to the pair messing up but United at least came back to win the game 4-1, perhaps the addition of Martinez can help them not needing to constantly make up for mistakes.