Martinez: I feel so proud to play here
Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez has insisted he feels great honour in representing the club, following our first UEFA Europa League victory of the season away to Sheriff Tiraspol.
The 24-year-old, who once again partnered Raphael Varane in the heart of our defence, helped secure a vital clean sheet, as goals from Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo ensured victory at the Zimbru Stadium.
Having made a solid start to life at Old Trafford, Martinez insists getting off the mark in Europe is something both he and his team-mates were passionate about achieving.
''Tonight we had to win as we needed the three points. It was very important to us,'' he began, speaking to MUTV following our win in Moldova.
''We work very hard everyday in training and today [Jadon] Sancho scored a fantastic goal.
''But also how we played was fantastic, as I think everyone touched the ball and then Sancho finished it. It was a fantastic finish and everyone celebrated it.''
Following United's disappointing start to the 2022/23 season, the former Ajax man has responded valiantly in recent weeks and was crowned our Player of the Month for August, voted for by you, the United supporters.
Given the clear bond between Erik ten Hag's squad and the momentum that is starting to build, Lisandro lauded his team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo's first goal of the season, after our no.7 dispatched a penalty against the reigning Moldovan champions to make it 2-0.
''We know how big Cristiano Ronaldo's goals are," he said. "It is very important that he scored tonight for his confidence and for the team. We win 2-0 and it is great for us.''
There were 600 travelling United fans in Chisinau to cheer on the Reds, and Martinez was quick to credit our relentless support for making him feel an immense amount of pride when he turns out for the side.
''I am really happy,'' he said when asked how it feels to hear his name being bellowed out amongst our supporters.
''I am a little bit surprised by that, but at the same time I feel proud to come here, the best club in the world and for the people to say 'Argentina, Argentina' for me it is amazing.
''Thanks to the fans for the support.''