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Ten Hag reveals Lisandro Martinez’s dressing room response after devastating injury

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag said Lisandro Martinez was ‘calm’ and ‘okay’ in the dressing room after his nasty-looking injury in the draw against Sevilla.

The Argentine defender was in possession with five minutes to go at Old Trafford when he collapsed to the turf, with no opposition player around him.

Both sets of players surrounded Martinez to check if he was fine, such was the manner in which he went to ground.

Martinez was distressed and after a quick check from the medical department, the Argentine had to be lifted off the pitch by two Sevilla stars.

He was then stretchered from the side of the pitch down the tunnel, with Martinez putting his head in his hands along the way.

There were fears that the central defender had snapped his Achilles but Ten Hag denied this was the area he had damaged.

While Ten Hag was unwilling to specify the injury Martinez had sustained, he says the defender was upbeat in the dressing room.

‘I have spoken to him and he’s okay. He’s calm,’ said Ten Hag.

‘Of course [it’s important to be calm]. We are competing in three competitions so you need a squad. If Licha and Varane are not available on Sunday [against Nottingham Forest] then others have to do it. We have seen Maguire played a good game on Saturday and tonight also he played a really good game.’

Martinez’s injury capped off a torrid night for Manchester United, who threw away a two-goal lead in the last six minutes at the Theatre of Dreams.

Marcel Sabitzer scored a brace in the first half and United were well in command by the break and should have seen off their Spanish opponents.

But Raphael Varane was unable to continue after the first-half and Anthony Martial lasted just an hour on his return to the starting lineup.

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