Manchester United wonderkid Alejandro Garnacho has sung Lisandro Martinez‘s praises after the centre-back played a starring role in helping Argentina get their World Cup hopes back on track.

Second half goals from Lionel Messi and Enzo Fernandez ensured that Lionel Scaloni’s The Albicelestes got back to winning ways with a 2-0 against Mexico last night.

After being shocked in their World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia, Scaloni opted to bring in United’s number six for Tottenham Hotspur’s Cristian Romero to partner Nicolas Otamendi in the heart of Argentina’s defence.

It was no coincidence that Argentina registered a clean sheet on Martinez’s first World Cup start.

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The 24-year-old was in imperious form, and his reassuring calming presence proved the bedrock to Argentina’s victory. Even a boot to the head didn’t fluster the aggressive and commanding Argentine.

Alejandro Garnacho gives glowing two-word verdict on Lisandro Martinez’s World Cup performance

The former Ajax man had 66 touches against El Tri, one less than Lionel Messi, and he registered one tackle, one interception and four clearances, as per WhoScored.

The 12-time Argentina international finished the match with 85% pass accuracy after completing 47 of his 55 attempted passes. He also won three duels.

Martinez and Otamendi are now set to face arguably one of the biggest challenges in football come Wednesday night when the two-time World Cup winners take on Poland.

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The Butcher will come up against Poland star Robert Lewandowski whose confidence will be soaring after scoring his first World Cup goal in yesterday’s 2-0 win against Saudi Arabia.

The former Bayern Munich is arguably the best striker in world football, and it’ll be intriguing to see how Martinez fares against Barcelona’s number nine.

Martinez is suspended for United’s Europa League play-off first leg against Xavi’s Barca at the Nou Camp, but he will be available for the return leg at Old Trafford.

Following Argentina’s win against Mexico, Garnacho reacted to his compatriot’s Instagram post.

United’s boy wonder commented on the post: “The best”.

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