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This is why Lisandro Martínez has won the starting XI over Harry Maguire

By Harry Smith

This is why Lisandro Martínez has won the starting XI over Harry Maguire

The dispute to be part of the starting eleven with Erik ten Hag is more complicated than it seems. 

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The situation in the Manchester United squad has changed in many aspects, since the arrival of Erik ten Hag essential pieces have been moved in the technical set-up, in the system of play, and above all, in the style that the trainer wants to impose. For this he needs the players who best suit his idea of the game, who have been chosen because they are in footballing shape and have the qualities he is looking for.


The £225m reinforcement of the team would mean the arrival of six players, some of whom are permanent fixtures in the manager's line-up, and others who are still looking for their rhythm to perform better in this system of play. The players who were part of the team since last season underwent a drastic change in the way he managed the team. He began by giving confidence to players who were not as active, and he made demands on the experienced leaders, to the extent that Cristiano and Maguire went to the bench.


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Cristiano's case is very specific, as he missed the pre-season and is looking for his best version of himself to earn a place, but Harry Maguire's case is different. The most expensive central defender in the team's history, in exchange for £80 million they signed the player who for many has been left to fall short. Even in this season where he has not fared well in the games he has played, it is when the team has conceded the most goals. Every game he has started this season has been a defeat.


While Maguire says he is criticised for being captain, Lisandro says it is a dream to play at Old Trafford


While Maguire has lost his place to Argentine newcomer Lisandro Martinez, Martinez says that because he is the captain of Manchester United they will be looking to take notes from the player to generate interaction. Lisandro for his part says he pays no attention to the media and that it is a dream to be part of Manchester United, a radical change between the two mentalities. One is a permanent fixture with Erik ten Hag and the other has a secondary role.




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