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Manchester United star getting back to his best for the new season

Manchester United centre-back Lisandro Martinez delivered a fantastic performance for Argentina during their Copa America quarter-final win over Ecuador last night.

The world champions went into the game as favourites, but they had to work hard for the victory. Martinez broke the deadlock with his maiden international goal in the 35th minute.

Argentina looked on course to progress to the last four, but Ecuador equalised through Kevin Rodriguez in stoppage time to send the game to a penalty shoot-out.

Lionel Messi surprisingly missed his spot kick, but Emiliano Martinez ensured that Argentina came on top with two penalty saves. The South American giants will now face Venezuela or Canada in the semi-final.

The goalkeeper made the headlines in the shoot-out, but United’s Martinez had the perfect game at the heart of Argentina’s defence before he was substituted in the 78th minute.

The 26-year-old completed 100 percent of his passes (45/45) with four successful long balls. He had 59 touches and lost possession on just three occasions.

Martinez had a difficult 2023/24 campaign with the Red Devils. He made just 14 appearances in all competitions due to three separate injuries.

United fans will have been wary of his participation in the Copa America, but the centre-back has been brilliant in his three appearances for Argentina.

Argentina are favourites to reach the Copa America final on July 15, and Martinez could miss United’s pre-season tour of the United States if that happens.

He could be available for the Community Shield game against Manchester City on August 10. The Red Devils start their league campaign against Fulham at home on August 16.

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