Lisandro Martinez text message to Scott McTominay speaks volumes

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Scott McTominay has revealed that he received an interesting text message from Manchester United team-mate Lisandro Martinez after Argentina’s historic World Cup win on Sunday. Martinez, who is set to be unavailable for United’s next two matches after being given a period of leave, started just two games for his country in Qatar but played an important role from the bench in helping the Albiceleste to clinch their first global triumph since 1986.

The defender was left as an unused substitute in Sunday’s thrilling final victory over France but played 301 minutes of football over the course of the tournament and will return to Old Trafford next week with a World Cup winners’ medal as a welcome reward for his efforts. McTominay has since lifted the lid on an encouraging text message he received from Martinez just hours after winning the biggest trophy of his football career that speaks volumes about the 24-year-old’s attitude and desire to achieve further success as a matter of priority.

“I messaged Lisandro the other day and said congratulations,” explained McTominay. “He said: ‘We go for the next one’. He’s just won a World Cup, so that shows the mentality in the group.

“Success will always be winning trophies and that’s the most important thing at this football club. With the manager that we’ve got now, we’ve got a really good opportunity to start that journey, especially this year.”

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United have failed to win a single major trophy since 2017, when they clinched the Europa League under the guidance of former boss Jose Mourinho, but will be desperate to finally end their drought before the end of the current season. They will be looking to keep their hopes alive by progressing in the Carabao Cup against Burnley, who will travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday night with the aim of pulling off an impressive upset, although McTominay is confident that Erik ten Hag will be able to win something as United boss sooner rather than later.

“Whenever a new manager comes in, the people in the stadium, especially with the manager we’ve got now, are going to be so happy and are going to love seeing the football we’re playing,” added the Scot.

“We’ve had some amazing games at Old Trafford this year, where they literally are the heartbeat of the entire place. I feel like the manager and the coaches are the ones saying give the crowd what they want, give the people something to lift them off their seats.

“The improvement we’ve seen in a lot of us has been good. For us, it’s important we keep listening. Game by game we’ve got to take it as it comes and keep pushing forwards.”

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