Rio Ferdinand expresses major concern over Man Utd goal, Lisandro Martinez | Soccer

Ferdinand unsure if Martinez can cope with La Liga demands (Image: Getty)

Rio Ferdinand has doubts over Manchester United target Lisandro Martinez being banned for life in the Premier League.

Erik ten Hag is looking forward to the club following up this week’s arrival of Tyrell Malacia with the arrival of Martinez, his key defensive target of the summer.

While Arsenal are also in the running for his signature, it has been claimed the Argentina international would prefer the opportunity to reunite with his former Ajax manager at Old Trafford.

Despite being one of the best defenders in the Eredivisie, Martinez stands at 5ft 9in, shorter than many of the Premier League’s towering centre-backs with Virgil van Dijk at 6ft 3in and potential team-mate Raphael Varane at 6ft 2in.

And Ferdinand has concerns about how the 24-year-old will fare against some of the league’s bigger centre-forwards.

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Erik ten Hag wants a deal for Martinez to be finalized quickly (Picture: Getty)

“Martinez, left foot, very good on the ball, a very good ball distributor,” Ferdinand told him Five YouTube Channel.

“There will still be question marks about him. Is he fast enough? is he big enough Will he be dominant enough in a league that demands your physicality be at the highest level? You have to be physically ready to play against these big strikers.

‘[Darwin] Nunez and [Erling] Haaland has just broken into the big teams of Liverpool and Man City. They’re over 6 feet tall, he’ll deal with people like that on a regular basis.

“Chris Wood at Newcastle, these are big, big boys, you can go through the league and find players of that ilk. Will he be able to handle people like that because physically he’s more on the smaller side for a middle half.

“He has different qualities, he’s aggressive, he’s a leader, he’s comfortable with the ball. So there are pros and cons.”

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