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Man Utd: Martinez opens up on competition for centre-back spot

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Luke Shaw has emerged as an unexpected option for United’s backline.

Lisandro Martinez insists he enjoys competing against other players to secure a spot in Manchester United’s lineup.

Martinez has played only 16 minutes for the Red Devils since returning from his title-winning World Cup campaign with Argentina.

Erik ten Hag has found an unorthodox solution by playing Luke Shaw at the centre of his side’s defensive line. Surprisingly, Shaw has turned into a reliable centre-back, convincing the Dutchman to keep him there for three consecutive games.

Speaking about the competition in Man Utd’s squad, Martinez told Sky Sports: “I like when there’s competition for places, I think it’s a positive.

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“The vibe and the atmosphere in the dressing room is really positive and I’m proud we’re on this good run. It shows we are on the right road and we are making progress.

“At the start of the season, we didn’t have the best of couple of games, but we managed to turn things around and that makes you stronger. I think now, within the group, there’s a different kind of energy and atmosphere.

“Training is even more lively than it’s ever been. We can’t drop our guard, but three wins and three clean sheets [in the Premier League] is something to build on.”

Man Utd followed their four-game winning streak in the Premier League with an FA Cup win over Everton on Friday. The Red Devils will take on Charlton in the EFL Cup before meeting Manchester City in the Premier League next weekend.