Lisandro Martinez says Argentina are feeling confident ahead of the World Cup

Lisandro Martinez has been in great form for Manchester United over the past few weeks, establishing himself as a fan favourite at Old Trafford.

The £46 million signing showed his importance for Argentina on Saturday, playing 90 minutes in a 3-0 win over Honduras.

The centre-back has since explained how confidence is flowing through the Argentina squad ahead of the World Cup in Qatar in November.

Argentina are considered as one of the favourites for the tournament, helped as always by having Lionel Messi in their starting line-up.

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Martinez says Argentina are feeling confident

Speaking to El Diario, Martinez explained: “We are very well ahead of the World Cup. We are happy, happy, because the group is united, it is solid.”

He added that he appreciated the faith shown by manager Lionel Scaloni to select him to start after an eventful week in which he had to fly from England to Argentina, to get a visa approved, before flying to Miami for the fixture.

Martinez said: “It doesn’t matter what I had to go through to get to the United States. The good thing is that I am [here], that I was able to respond to the confidence that the manager gave me. I feel safe, I am convinced of what I can give.”

The defender has such a positive attitude which endears him to supporters and his coaching staff, and backs it up by delivering on the pitch.

United already have one World Cup winning centre-back in the team, Raphael Varane. It would be quite something if Martinez could make it two by winning this year’s tournament with Argentina.

Argentina went through World Cup qualification unbeaten with 11 wins, six draws and no losses, and also won the Copa America last summer, so it’s no wonder Martinez feels confident.

They next face Jamaica on Wednesday, before Martinez returns to Manchester for the derby with City next Sunday.

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