Martinez describes 'unique feeling' of winning World Cup

Tuesday 03 January 2023 15:00

On Sunday 18 December, Manchester United's Lisandro Martinez became a world champion with Argentina.

A scintillating final that was settled on penalties saw Licha and La Albiceleste reign supreme over a France side that was represented by his United team-mate Raphael Varane.  

Now back with the Reds and in contention to return against Bournemouth this evening (3 January), Martinez reflects on the sensation of winning the World Cup in an exclusive interview with club media. 
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“To be honest, it’s a unique feeling,” he told us on his return to the club. 

“There is joy. I want to enjoy every second because being a world champion is the ultimate in football. 

“But we’ve celebrated it now, finished all the partying. Now I’m focused here in Manchester and I’ll be working towards [the Bournemouth match] giving my all and getting everything ready for [today’s] game.”
The 24-year-old, who joined us from Ajax in the summer, says the reception he received on his arrival back at Carrington was "lovely". 

“I’ve formed a really good relationship with my team-mates, with the staff, and everyone who works here,” he continued. 

“I feel there’s a warmth between us and it was really warm to be back. 

“It’s lovely to be here. The people are great and they always show me a lot of affection and that fills me with great pride too.” 

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With training sessions now under his belt since his return, Martinez feels "ready" ahead of tonight’s game against the Cherries. 

“I needed a few days of training to get back to full strength and now I feel good. I’m ready.”

He adds: “There’s no doubt we’ll be giving it everything.”

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Martinez's message to McTominay just showcases the elite mentality within this United squad.

And one thing that drives his determination to give it everything is the "connection" he and the rest of the squad feel with the United fans. 

Martinez always senses the love of our home and away support whenever he plays, adding: “When I see people in the street they always recognise me and show that affection, that support. 

“What I always try to do is give my all for the team, for the club, to fight to the end and to always try and win games and to have that mindset – so that is why we feel connected to the fans.”

Keep an eye out for the full exclusive interview with Licha, which will be released in January’s edition of our official monthly magazine, Inside United, two weeks on from today.