Manchester United’s new cult hero Lisandro Martinez says it’s hard not to KILL rivals… with the Argentine living up to his ‘Butcher’ nickname since a summer move from Ajax
- Man United‘s Lisandro Martinez says he has to resist the urge to ‘kill’ opponents
- The Argentine star followed Erik ten Hag from Ajax to Old Trafford this summer
- Martinez’s combative style has endeared him to United supporters this season
Lisandro Martinez doesn’t mean it literally, of course, but Manchester United‘s new cult hero says he has to resist the urge to ‘kill’ opponents.
Martinez has lived up to his reputation of ‘The Butcher’ since following Erik ten Hag from Ajax to Old Trafford in the summer and his combative side has endeared him to United fans.
‘It’s hard,’ he smiles. ‘Sometimes I want to kill but you have to control as well. Argentinian players are always like this. We are passionate.
‘Football for us is everything so that is why we always give everything. As a kid, I started to fight and cry when I lost, so it is something we have in the blood, in the heart.’
The 25-year-old had a brutal introduction to English football when United lost their home opener to Brighton.
Manchester United’s Lisandro Martinez has said he has to resist an urge to ‘kill’ his opponents
Martinez is the club’s latest cult hero after following boss Erik ten Hag from Ajax this summer
Argentine defender’s combative nature sees him live up to his ‘Butcher’ nickname at United
He was then hooked at half-time in the next game at Brentford with Ten Hag’s side 4-0 down.
Now they are competing for four trophies, with the United manager hopeful of landing his first one at Wembley on Sunday.
‘He prepares for every game like it’s a final,’ says Martinez. ‘He will prepare for the game the same as always. The team will be ready for that.’