Man Utd star Lisandro Martinez gets Virgil van Dijk backing as 'rubbish' criticism slammed


    Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has publicly backed Manchester United’s Lisandro Martinez by slamming ongoing criticism about the Argentine’s height. Martinez has enjoyed a sensational start to life in the Premier League but remains the subject of doubts over his physicality as a centre-back in the English top flight.

    Van Dijk was speaking to Gary Neville on The Overlap, in partnership with Sky Bet, when he described some of the criticism as ‘rubbish’. The Liverpool general heaped praise on Martinez, pinpointing his ball-playing ability and passion as positive traits.

    He said: “People talking about Lisandro Martinez and his height are talking absolute rubbish. It can help as a centre-back if you’re a bit taller, but what he’s done since coming to the Premier League has been good. He’s a good signing for Manchester United, he’s good on the ball, he’s very passionate, so I can only speak positively about him.

    “I have respect for what he’s achieved so far, and I hope he does well at United, but that he doesn’t get successful there with winning trophies! In England, everyone loves criticising players about everything, but that’s fine because you can’t change it. Lisandro has shown many good performances already, and he shouldn’t think about the outside noise around him.”

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