Virgil van Dijk thinks criticism of Lisandro Martinez based on his height is ‘rubbish’.
Martinez arrived at Manchester United from Ajax in the summer but the centre-back immediately attracted skeptical opinions due to his 5ft 9in stature.
While some, including talkSPORT’s Graeme Souness, have suggested Martinez would struggle to adapt to the physical demands of the Premier League, the centre-back proved that wasn’t a problem after the 24-year-old proved he was more than capable. to excel because of his fierce and physical defensive style, not to mention his qualities on the ball.
Although he played for fierce rivals Man United, Van Dijk is a big fan of Martinez and says he is already showing his quality in England.
When asked if he thought Martinez’s criticism was rubbish, Van Dijk replied on The Overlap: “Yeah, you shouldn’t even mention that stuff.
“Obviously it might help if you’re a bit taller, but it might also not help you in some ways.
“I think he did fantastically against us. He’s a good signing for United – very passionate, good on the ball so I can only speak positively about him.
“I have respect for what he has achieved so far and hope he does well for United but does not achieve success!”
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When asked if English football fans were wrong to criticize Martinez because of his height, Van Dijk replied: “I think in England everyone has to say something about everyone! That’s it.
“It’s good and you can’t change that, but he’s shown a lot of good performances already and he shouldn’t even be thinking about all that other stuff.”
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