‘Fantastic! He Is Such A Important Player For Us’ ‘Over The Moon’ Fans React As United Star Makes His Comeback

Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez started his first match for more than four months in the 4-2 win over Newport County in the FA Cup on Sunday.

The Argentinian international did come on for the final half-hour of the league game against Tottenham earlier this month, but it was the first time that he has been selected in the eleven since recovering from a foot injury.

Supporters on X were happy to see Martinez back starting matches, as he was such an important first-team player before he was sidelined:

It was a strong performance from Martinez

You couldn’t have blamed the 26-year-old for being a bit rusty but he acquitted himself well at Rodney Parade, performing his defensive duties with consummate ease.

Martinez also demonstrated his ability in possession, providing the pass that led to Alejandro Garnacho hitting the crossbar.

United’s injury problems are beginning to ease

As well as Martinez, Luke Shaw (muscular) and Casemiro (hamstring) were back in the starting lineup versus Newport, while Harry Maguire (groin) also made his comeback, coming off the bench for the closing stages of the match.

The likes of Mason Mount (calf), Victor Lindelof (groin), Anthony Martial (thigh) and Tyrell Malacia (knee) are still unavailable but manager Erik ten Hag now has a much bigger first-team squad to choose from than he did even a couple of weeks ago.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.