Erik ten Hag reveals Manchester United plans to replace Lisandro Martinez

Manchester United travel to Aston Villa on Sunday for a Premier League clash.

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Erik ten Hag on Lisandro Martinez

Ahead of the game, Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has provided an update on Lisandro Martinez.

Martinez is facing at least two months out after sustaining ‘medial collateral ligament damage’ in Man United’s win over West Ham last week, with the club hopeful he will recover from the knee issue before the end of the season.

Speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Aston Villa on Sunday, Ten Hag made it clear how much his side will miss Martinez:

“You see his contribution to the team when he is playing so he brings, apart from his technical skills, also a mentality in the team,” Ten Hag said.

“It is a big setback for Licha. He is very disappointed, but he is a fighter and he will back, he will be back stronger. We think he will still be back by the end of the season.”

On how United will cope without Martinez, the Dutchman added: “We have options, [for] how to deal with that position.

“We have good centre-halves in our squad. The others are also available. Luke can play also there. So I am quite confident that we can keep this process going and that others can fulfil that position and contribute playing high levels. Those players are very experienced and are very good players, so it is up to them now to fulfil it.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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