Erik ten Hag praises four Manchester United players who helped the club end its trophy drought.
Erik ten Hag praised Lisandro Martinez after he helped Manchester United end their trophy drought against Newcastle.
Erik ten Hag praised Lisandro Martinez’s impact on Manchester United following his arrival from Ajax.
Martinez started in Manchester United’s 2-0 League Cup final victory over Newcastle, the club’s first trophy since the Europa League in May 2017.
Martinez joined United from Ajax in July for £55.3 million, and he has overcome a rocky start to become a cult hero among United fans.
“Before the game you asked me about the influence of Casemiro and Rapha Varane – they know how to win trophies – look at all the Champions League wins they had,” Ten Hag said.
“But I think Martinez – I had him in Ajax, won trophies with him – the same with Antony. You need that personality and typical character in your squad to win in the end. Martinez is definitely one of them.
“You can count on him and you can rely on him and he showed that again today. That bond together with Rapha is really strong. As a manager on the sidelines, you are composed and can have confidence they will sort it out.”
Ten Hag was videotaped dancing with Martinez and Antony after the final whistle as United celebrated their victory with their fans and promised to do so again if they were as successful in the future.
“We have a history together, Licha and Antony,” Ten Hag explained. “In Amsterdam, we did some dancing and I hope we can do it even more in the future.
“Therefore we have to invest, we have to sacrifice, we have to suffer every day to win trophies.”