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No sooner had Lisandro Martinez been announced by Manchester United as their latest signing, he was lining up for his new club on the pitch for the first time.
The defender featured in Wednesday’s behind-closed-doors friendly win against Wrexham, in which fellow summer recruit Christian Eriksen netted a free kick. Also present was Cristiano Ronaldo, who was watching on from the sidelines.
The 37-year-old held talks with Erik ten Hag on Tuesday, with agent Jorge Mendes also present. The results of those talks are unclear but as things stand, the player still wishes to leave the club.
Ten Hag has remained insistent that he remains part of his plans, towing the club’s line that he is not for sale. That said, the new United manager is still keen to bring in an attacking reinforcement before the window closes.
England goalkeeper Mary Earps reveals support from David de Gea
Manchester United Women’s goalkeeper Mary Earps has kept four clean sheets for England on the Lionesses’ journey to the Euro 2022 final.
She says she frequently speaks to Men’s first team No.1 David de Gea, who congratulated her on reaching Sunday’s showdown against Germany.
She said (via the Independent):
“Me and David speak a little bit. He’s messaged me saying congratulations.
“We message back and forth about results and clean sheets and stuff so that’s always nice to have his support. He’s really supportive of the women’s game.”
New signing Lisandro Martinez lists four things he will bring to Manchester United
Lisandro Martinez has listed four key attributes he will bring to the Manchester United dressing room, including a strong desire to win and an ever-present helping hand.
United completed the signing of centre-back Martinez in a £46.8million, potentially rising to £55.3m, deal on Wednesday as Erik ten Hag looked to reinforce his defensive line.
The Argentine has signed a five-year contract, with the option of a further 12 months, at Old Trafford and becomes the third summer signing following the arrivals of Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen.
Watford ‘enter talks’ with Ethan Laird
Watford have reportedly opened negotiations with Manchester United regarding a season-long loan spell for Ethan Laird.
The full-back featured twice for Erik ten Hag on the club’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia, enjoying just under an hour’s worth of action.
The Athletic says Championship outfit Watford are keen to bring in the defender, who had loan spells at Swansea and Bournemouth last season.
Ronaldo ‘to miss Norway trip’ for Atletico friendly
Cristiano Ronaldo will reportedly not feature for Manchester United in Saturday’s friendly with Atletico Madrid in Norway.