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Lisandro Martínez made his unofficial debut for Man Utd on Sunday (Photograph: Getty)

Manchester United goalkeeper Tom Heaton has sung the praises of his new teammate Lisandro Martinez following a powerful begin to life at Outdated Trafford.

Martinez formally accomplished his transfer from Ajax to United for £46million final week and the versatile defender is already making an impression on his fellow Crimson Devils gamers and followers.

On Sunday, the Argentine made his unofficial debut for United, taking part in an hour of the 1-1 residence draw with Rayo Vallenco, the membership’s final pre-season match earlier than the brand new season kicks off this weekend with a conflict towards Brighton.

Taking part in at centre-back alongside Raphael Varane, Martinez put in an aesthetic efficiency, together with his ability on the ball notably noteworthy however Heaton claims ‘that’s been the case all week,’ because the 24-year-old has been displaying off his abilities all week in coaching.

Heaton mentioned: ‘I actually loved taking part in with him in the present day, I believe he’ll be a prime, prime participant for the membership. As I say, I assumed he was excellent in the present day and I’m wanting ahead to watching him this season.

‘For what he brings, physicality, how he makes use of his physique, what he provides you by way of mobility and on the ball and personality-wise, I believe he’s going so as to add loads to the staff.

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Tom Heaton is at the moment Man Utd’s second alternative keeper behind David de Gea (Photograph: Getty)

‘You possibly can see already what he brings. He brings that form of larger-than-life persona on the again, controlling. I look ahead to hopefully taking part in with him extra this yr.’

United have had a powerful pre-season, selecting up wins towards Liverpool, Melbourne Victory, and Crystal Palace, because the staff will get to grips with Erik ten Hag’s fashion of soccer, and whereas the switch window hasn’t been as productive as they might have appreciated, there’s nonetheless numerous positivity across the membership because the summer season involves an finish.

‘I’ve completely loved it [pre-season], new supervisor coming in, he’s introduced a brand new power to the soccer membership, I believe you’ll be able to most likely really feel that,’ Heaton added.

‘[A] new fashion, I believe everybody’s taken to it rather well. I believe after an actual disappointing marketing campaign final day out, we’re going into this time period with a good extra optimism.

‘It takes time, it gained’t be an in a single day [thing] however actually the constructing blocks are there and everybody’s on the identical web page to take it ahead.

‘There’s actually a relaxed pleasure within the group and we’re wanting ahead to Sunday.’


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