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Man Utd fan chant makes Lisandro Martinez want to cry as Argentine hardman shows softer side

NEW HERO Lisandro Martinez has revealed how he comes close to tears whenever Manchester United fans sing for him.

The Red Devils staved off interest from Premier League rivals Arsenal to secure the centre-back’s signature in a £55m deal from Ajax this summer.

Lisandro Martinez is becoming a huge favourite with Man Utd fans

Doubts over his ability mounted after Brentford hammered United 4-0 in August and the Argentine was hauled off at half-time.

But Erik ten Hag kept his faith and that has been repaid by a series of fine displays alongside Raphael Varane.

That stunning form continued on Wednesday as goals from Fred and Bruno Fernandes secured a 2-0 victory over Tottenham in a performance their boss hailed as the best of the season so far.

Martinez, nicknamed “The Butcher”, is also fast becoming a fan favourite on the Stretford End.

And supporters were keen to show their affection for him during the Spurs win as they chanted his name as well as “Argentina, Argentina” as they kept Harry Kane quiet.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of their trip to Chelsea on Saturday, modest Martinez insisted that he could not take all the credit for a third-successive clean sheet.

He said: “I think [it was] not only me, but all the players, we did a fantastic job.

“We deserved [the win] because we trained really hard to get this.”

Martinez also said: “This stadium… the atmosphere is amazing. 

“When I hear the fans chanting ‘Argentina, Argentina’, to be honest I want to cry.

“Last night, it was very emotional for me to receive that love from the fans.

“I’m really happy because I came from nothing.

“To come here [to United], one of the best clubs in the world. It’s very special.”

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