‘What a player’ – Patrice Evra reveals Manchester United’s best signing in years

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Former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has hailed Lisandro Martinez as one of Manchester United’s best signings in years.

Martinez, who is currently with Argentina’s World Cup squad in Qatar, has enjoyed an impressive start to his United career following a £57m move from Ajax last summer.

A number of pundits questioned how Martinez would fare in the Premier League given his diminutive stature, but the Argentine is proving his critics wrong, establishing an encouraging centre-back partnership with Raphael Varane.

“This is one of the best signings we’ve had for years at Manchester United,” Evra said on the Vibe with Five YouTube channel.

“It’s because of his fighting spirit. That’s what United fans want to see – those players have to bleed for the shirt.

“People were talking about his height and I was laughing. Some people said I was too small when I arrived in the Premier League as well. When you play with that heart and passion, size doesn’t matter.

“When he gets the ball, he is so clean and composed. Mexico were pressing everywhere [in the World Cup Group C game] but every time he got the ball he was calm and playing forward. That’s what I love.

“He doesn’t play those one-metre balls to the next player. This is easy. When I see those stats – I remember Mertesacker at Arsenal, the stats said he never lost the ball – but he was passing it one metre, I can do that every day.

“But Martinez puts the ball through the lines like Michael Carrick. That’s what he does and I love that. What a player, what a player.”