Stam backs Ten Hag to grab Martinez as a central

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Stam backs Ten Hag to grab Martinez as a central defender for Manchester United

Jaap Stam believes Lisandro Martinez will be able to play in the defensive midfield role under Erik ten Hag if he signs for Manchester United.

The Argentine defender has been one of the Red Devils’ main targets this summer. But it appears the €50m offer they have submitted is yet to be satisfied by Ajax.

But before then, former United defender Stam had backed the former club. His move forward to grab a 24-year-old shin to join the team. Because he believes that Martinez will be able to solve problems in the middle of the team for sure.

“You can see that Ten Hag’s approach was clear in dominating the game and keeping the game under control,” Stam said. There will be enough space in the back and you need players who are fast like Tyrell, Malacia or Martinez.”

“Martinez has a lot of skill and creativity. The more players he has like that, the more possession Ten Hag has on the ball. And do not have to be wary of the opponent’s counterattack as well.

“Because Martinez is a player who plays the ball comfortably. So he can play in front of the defensive line and I think there is a chance we can see him playing there as well.”