7 Argentina players who played for Manchester United amid Martinez links


Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is considering raiding his old club Ajax and signing defender Lisandro Martinez, according to The Telegraph.

The 24-year-old center-back was signed by Ten Hag in 2019 by Argentine side Defensa and he has gone on to make 119 appearances for the Amsterdam giants.

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The Argentine has represented his country six times and will no doubt be hoping to play a starring role for La Albiceleste at this winter’s World Cup in Qatar.

Argentina players who played for Manchester United

With Manchester United considering a move for Lisandro Martinez, United in Focus takes a look at the seven Argentina players who played for Manchester United.

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Alejandro Garnacho

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Where else to start when considering Argentinian players that played for Manchester United, but the man of the moment who will also have aspirations of breaking into Lionel Scaloni’s Argentinian World Cup squad.

The former Atletico Madrid youngster has had a tremendous breakthrough season at Old Trafford, which was capped off by him playing a starring role in Manchester United winning the FA Youth Cup for a record-extending 11th time.

As well as making his senior Manchester United debut as a substitute against Chelsea, Garnacho has had the opportunity to learn from two of the greatest players of all time in Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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The 17-year-old may have trained alongside the Paris Saint Germain star when called-up to the senior national side for the first time, but Ronaldo has Garnacho’s heart and that’s evident when he replicates the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s’ Suiii ‘celebration at every opportunity.

Garnacho will be hoping to impress incoming boss Ten Hag and he looks set to have a big future at the Theater of Dreams.

Carlos Tevez

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Tevez’s legacy as a Manchester United player was already tainted when he decided to join our ‘noisy neighbors’, but when he decided to hold a ‘RIP Fergie’ placard, that was the final straw.

During his two seasons playing under Sir Alex Ferguson after one year at West Ham, the dogged and energetic Argentine was a key part of the Scotsman’s side.

In his first season in particular, Tevez struck up a devastating understanding with Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney which saw the Red Devils win the Premier League and Champions League.

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After winning back-to-back Premier League titles with the Reds, Tevez was part of Roberto Mancini’s City side that snatched the league title in the dying seconds in 2012.

He won back-to-back Serie A titles with Juventus before returning to Boca Juniors. He had a year in the Chinese Super League before returning to Boca for a third time.

Since leaving The Xeneizes’ last summer, the 38-year-old has been a free agent.

Gabriel Heinze

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The versatile defender who could play at either center-back or left-back joined Manchester United from Paris Saint Germain in 2004.

Heinze won Player of the Year in his first season in Manchester, but a serious knee injury in September 2005 ruled him out of the entire campaign.

During Heinze’s period on the sidelines, Sir Alex had signed Patrice Evra who became United’s first-choice left-back.

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In the summer of 2007, and with Argentina international wanting to force through a £ 6.8m move to fierce rivals Liverpool, Heinze lost his battle following a two-day Premier League inquiry.

Heinze was quickly sold to Real Madrid where he spent two years before finishing his career where it all began with Newell’s Old Boys following spells with Marseille and Roma.

The 44-year-old has gone down the management route and his last position was with MLS side Atalanta United where he lasted 17 matches.

Juan Sebastián Verón

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Despite having the likes of Nicky Butt, Roy Keane and Paul Scholes in the heart of midfield, Six Alex brought some South American flair to M16 in July 2001.

Manchester United made Veron the most expensive player in British history by paying Lazio £ 28.1m to bring the midfielder to Old Trafford.

Veron’s best performances often came in the Champions League when the tempo was slower and he was given more time on the ball.

After two seasons at the Theater of Dreams, Veron joined Chelsea for £ 15m where he spent one season before joining Inter Milan on a two-year loan.

In the summer of 2006, the 72-cap Argentinian international re-joined his boyhood club Estudiantes where he finished his career.

Angel di Maria

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After being named man of the match in the 2014 Champions League final, Di Maria wouldn’t have been expecting Florentino Perez to move him on that summer.


But with James Rodriguez lighting up the 2014 World Cup, Di Maria was cast aside to make way for the Colombian superstar.

It was clear that the former Benfica man did not want to join Manchester United, but that did not stop Ed Woodward splashing out a British record transfer fee of £ 59.7m to sign the winger.

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Di Maria started the 2015-15 campaign on fire and his beautiful chip over Kasper Schmeichel at the King Power Stadium can not be taken away from him.

But after the break in at his home in Manchester, Di Maria could not wait to leave the club and after less than a year with the Reds he joined Paris Saint Germain.

While his contract with the Parisians expires at the end of June, Di Maria has scored 92 goals and provided 118 assists from 294 matches during his time in the French capital.

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Upon his return to Old Trafford in 2019, Di Maria was smashed into the advertising boards by Ashley Young and then irked the United faithful by pretending to take a swig out of a beer bottle that was hurled at him.

But after a 2-0 defeat against Thomas Tuchel’s side, it was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United who had the last laugh after Marcus Rashford’s last-gasp penalty sent PSG and Di Maria packing.

Marcos Rojo

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Known for his no-nonsense approach and inability not to burn toast during his time in Manchester, Rojo could either be a liability or a general marshalling the backline.

Signed from Sporting Lisbon for £ 16m during Louis van Gaal’s first summer as Manchester United manager, Rojo was not a cult hero but you could not fault his effort.

He just wasn’t good enough but that’s too often been the case with our signings since Sir Alex retired.

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Rojo had established himself as a regular in Jose Mourinho’s first season at United, but after sustaining a serious knee injury against Anderlecht in the Europa League, which happened to be the same match that Zlatan Ibrahimovic picked up a serious injury, he struggled to force his way back into the team.

After a short period on loan at Estudiantes in the early part of 2020, Rojo joined Boca Juniors on a free transfer in February last year.

Sergio Romero

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On our list of Argentina players who played for Manchester United – World Cup finalist Sergio Romero is our seventh and final man.

With David de Gea expected to join Real Madrid, which he probably would have done had it not been for a faulty fax machine, Van Gaal reunited with Argentine stopper Romero.

The pair had won the Eredivisie title together with AZ Alkmaar and Romero started the 2015-16 as United’s number one before De Gea came back into the fold.

Romero played in all but three group stage games of United’s 2017 Europa League success under Mourinho, but he did not quite get the same treatment under Solskjaer.

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After playing in all but two group stage games en-route to United’s Europa League semi-final run in 2020, the Norwegian opted to go with De Gea ahead of Romero in the defeat to Sevilla.

The same happened in the 2020 FA Cup campaign, Romero had played in all five of United’s games en-route to the semi-finals, but the ‘baby-faced assassin’ again went with De Gea as we lost to Chelsea.

The 35-year-old did not make one appearance for United last season before moving to Serie A side Venezia on a free transfer last summer.

With one Serie A game to go Venezia’s relegation to Serie B has already been confirmed and the 96-capped Argentinian international’s contract at the Pier Luigi Penzo expires in June.

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