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Lisandro Martinez responds to calls for him to replace Casemiro in midfield

Lisandro Martinez claims he’s ready to step into midfield to replace Casemiro during his four-match ban if Erik ten Hag deems fit.

The Brazilian midfielder played in Manchester United’s win against Real Betis before missing the next four domestic games after his red card against Southampton on Sunday.

It was Casemiro’s second dismissal of the campaign and once he’s served the four-match ban he will have missed eight out of United’s last 16 domestic fixtures.

The Red Devils countered Casemiro’s suspension in January with McTominay partnering Christian Eriksen in midfield but the Dane is out of action for another month.

Donny van de Beek is also a long-term absentee, while Sabitzer has also been struggling with injuries.

United are currently light in midfield but they’re well stocked in defence, with Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw all providing back-up to the number one partnership of Raphael Varane and Martinez.

Martinez played in midfield under Erik ten Hag when he first signed for Ajax and his blend of aggression and flair could help fill the gap left by Casemiro.

And the Argentine star says he’s happy to play in midfield, as long as that’s what Ten Hag wants to do.

‘We have many good midfielders and like I have always said in many interviews, I will play wherever the coach wants to use me,’ said Martinez.

‘I will always be available.’


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